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Acts 23:9-19 (New American Standard)

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9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of 1the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "2We find nothing wrong with this man; 3suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 10 And as a great dissension was developing, the acommander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into 4the barracks. 11 But on 5the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, "6Take courage; for 7as you have 8solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also."

A Conspiracy to Kill Paul

12 When it was day, 9the Jews formed a bconspiracy and 10bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who formed this plot. 14 They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have 11bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul 15 "Now therefore, you cand 12the dCouncil notify the ecommander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case by a more thorough investigation; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comes near the place." 16 But the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, fand he came and entered 13the barracks and told Paul. 17 Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Lead this young man to the gcommander, for he has something to report to him." 18 So he took him and led him to the hcommander and said, "Paul 14the prisoner called me to him and asked me to lead this young man to you since he has something to tell you." 19 The icommander took him by the hand and stepping aside, began to inquire of him privately , "What is it that you have to report to me?
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