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Acts 24:1-11 (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.
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