1Paul, lookingintently at 1the aCouncil, said, "2Brethren , 3I have blived my life with a perfectlygoodconscience before God up to thisday."
The highpriest4Ananiascommandedthosestandingbeside him 5to strike him on the mouth.
3ThenPaulsaid to him, "God is going to strike you, 6you whitewashedwall ! Do you 7sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Laworder me to be struck ?"
But the bystanderssaid, "Do you revileGod'shighpriest ?
And Paulsaid, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was highpriest ; for it is written, '8YOU SHALL NOT SPEAKEVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.' "
But perceiving that onegroup were 9Sadducees and the otherPharisees, Paul began crying out in 10the cCouncil, "11Brethren , 12I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees ; I am on trial for 13the hope and resurrection of the dead !"
As he saidthis, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
For 14the Sadduceessay that there is noresurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Phariseesacknowledge them all.
And there occurred a greatuproar ; and some of 15the scribes of the Pharisaicpartystood up and began to argueheatedly, saying, "16We findnothingwrong with thisman ; 17suppose a spiritor an angel has spoken to him?"
And as a greatdissension was developing, the dcommander was afraidPaul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to godown and take him away from them by force, and bring him into 18the barracks.
But on 19the night immediately following, the Lordstood at his side and said, "20Takecourage ; for 21as you have 22solemnlywitnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you mustwitness at Romealso."
When it was day, 23the Jewsformed a econspiracy and 24boundthemselvesunder an oath, saying that they would neithereatnordrinkuntil they had killedPaul.
There were more than forty who formedthisplot.
They came to the chiefpriests and the elders and said, "We have 25boundourselvesunder a solemnoath to tastenothinguntil we have killedPaul15"Nowtherefore, you fand 26the gCouncilnotify the hcommander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case by a morethoroughinvestigation ; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comesnear the place."
But the son of Paul'ssisterheard of their ambush, iand he came and entered27the barracks and toldPaul.
17Paulcalledone of the centurions to him and said, "Leadthisyoungman to the jcommander, for he hassomething to report to him."
18So he took him and led him to the kcommander and said, "Paul28the prisonercalled me to him and asked me to leadthisyoungman to you since he hassomething to tell you."
The lcommandertook him by the hand and steppingaside, began to inquire of him privately , "What is it that you have to report to me?
And he said, "29The Jews have agreed to ask you to bringPauldowntomorrow to 30the mCouncil, as though they were going to inquiresomewhatmorethoroughlyabout him.
21"So do not nlisten to them, for more than forty of them are 31lying in wait for him who have 32boundthemselvesunder a curse not to eatordrinkuntil they slay him; and now they are ready and waiting for the promise from you.
22So the ocommanderlet the youngmango, instructing him, "Tellnoone that you have notified me of thesethings."
And he called to him two of the centurions and said, "Gettwohundredsoldiersready by pthe thirdhour of the night to proceed to 33Caesarea, qwith seventyhorsemen and twohundredrspearmen."
They were also to providemounts to putPaul on and bring him safely to 34Felix the governor.
And he wrote a letterhavingthisform :
26"ClaudiusLysias, to the 35mostexcellentgovernorFelix, 36greetings.
"When thisman was arrested by the Jews and was about to be slain by them, 37I came up to them with the troops and rescued him, 38having learned that he was a Roman.
"And 39wanting to ascertain the charge for which they were accusing him, I 40brought him down to their s41Council ;
and I found him to be accusedover42questionsabout their Law, but tunder43noaccusationdeservingdeathoruimprisonment.
"When I was 44informed that there would be 45a plotagainst the man, I sent him to you at once, alsoinstructing46his accusers to vbringchargesagainst him before you."
31So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, tookPaul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
But the nextday, leaving47the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to 48the barracks.
When these had come to 49Caesarea and delivered the letter to 50the governor, they alsopresentedPaul to him.
When he had read it, he asked from what51province he was, and when he learned that 52he was from Cilicia,
he said, "I will give you a hearingafter your 53accusersarrivealso," givingorders for him to be 54kept in Herod'swPraetorium.