When it was day, 1the Jewsformed a aconspiracy and 2boundthemselvesunder 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 3boundourselvesunder a solemnoath to tastenothinguntil we have killedPaul15"Nowtherefore, you band 4the cCouncilnotify the dcommander 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, eand he came and entered5the barracks and toldPaul.
17Paulcalledone of the centurions to him and said, "Leadthisyoungman to the fcommander, for he hassomething to report to him."
18So he took him and led him to the gcommander and said, "Paul6the prisonercalled me to him and asked me to leadthisyoungman to you since he hassomething to tell you."
The hcommandertook 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, "7The Jews have agreed to ask you to bringPauldowntomorrow to 8the iCouncil, as though they were going to inquiresomewhatmorethoroughlyabout him.
21"So do not jlisten to them, for more than forty of them are 9lying in wait for him who have 10boundthemselvesunder a curse not to eatordrinkuntil they slay him; and now they are ready and waiting for the promise from you.
22So the kcommanderlet the youngmango, instructing him, "Tellnoone that you have notified me of thesethings."