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Acts 24 (New American Standard)

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Paul before Felix

1 After 1five days the high priest 2Ananias came down with some elders, awith an battorney named Tertullus, and they cbrought charges to 3the governor against Paul. 2 After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor, "S ince we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation, 3 we acknowledge this in every way and everywhere, 4most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 "But, that I may not weary you any further , I beg you dto grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing. 5 "For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout ethe world, and a ringleader of the 5sect of the Nazarenes. 6 "And he even tried to 6desecrate the temple; and fthen we arrested him. [gWe wanted to judge him according to our own Law. 7 "But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands, 8 ordering his accusers to come before you.] By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him." 9 7The Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so. 10 When 8the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded: "K nowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense, 11 since you can take note of the fact that no more than 9twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 "10Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyone or 11causing ha riot. 13 "12Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me. 14 "But this I admit to you, that according to 13the Way which they call a 14sect I do serve i15the God of our fathers, 16believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets; 15 having a hope in God, which 17these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 "In view of this, 18I also jdo my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men. 17 "Now 19after several years I 20came to bring kalms to my nation and to present offerings; 18 in which they found me occupied in the temple, having been 21purified, without any 22crowd or uproar. But there were some 23Jews from lAsia - 19 who ought to have been present before you and to 24make accusation, if they should have anything against me. 20 "Or else let these men themselves tell what misdeed they found when I stood before 25the mCouncil, 21 other than for this one statement which 26I shouted out while standing among them, 'For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.' " 22 But Felix, nhaving a more exact knowledge about 27the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the ocommander comes down, I will decide your case ." 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be 28kept in custody and yet 29have some freedom, and not to prevent any of 30his friends from ministering to him. 24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his pwife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about 31faith in Christ Jesus. 25 But as he was discussing 32righteousness, 33self-control and 34the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you." 26 At the same time too, he was hoping that 35money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix qwas succeeded by Porcius 36Festus, and 37wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul 38imprisoned.
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