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Acts 24:1-21 (Lexham English Bible)

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Paul Before Felix at Caesarea Maritima

1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, all of whom brought charges against Paul to the governor. 2 And [when]a he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse [him],b saying, "We have experiencedc muchd peace through you, and reforms are taking place in this nation through your foresight. 3 Both in every [way] and everywhere we acknowledge [this],e most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. 4 But so that I may not impose on you for longer, I implore you to hear us briefly with your [customary] graciousness. 5 For we have foundf this man [to be] a public menace and one who causes riots among all the Jews throughout the Roman Empireg and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, 6 who even attempted to desecrate the temple, and we arrested {himh}.i 8 [When]j you yourself examine [him]k you will be able to find out from {him}l about all these [things] of which we are accusing him." 9 And the Jews also joined in the attack, asserting these [things] were so. 10 And [when]m the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, "[Because I]n know you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I defend myself cheerfully [with respect to] the things concerning myself. 11 You can ascertain that {it has not been more than}o twelve days {since}p I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 And neither did they find me arguing with anyone or making a crowd develop in the temple [courts]q nor in the synagogues nor throughout the city. 13 Nor can they prove [the things]r to you concerning which they are now accusing me. 14 But I do confess this to you, that according to the Way (which they call a sect), so I worship the God of our fathers, believing all things [that are] in accordance with the law and that are written in the prophets, 15 having a hope in God which these [men] also themselves await: [that] there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16 {For this reason}s also [I] myself {always}t do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and people. 17 So after many years, I came to practice charitable giving and offerings to my people,u 18 in which they found me purified in the temple [courts],v not with a crowd or with a disturbance. 19 But [there are] some Jews from Asiaw who ought to be present before you and bring charges against [me],x if they have anything against me, 20 or these [men] themselves should say what crime they found [when]y I stood before the Sanhedrin,z 21 other than concerning this one declaration that I shouted [while]aa standing there before them: 'I am being judged before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead!'"
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