1After1fivedays the highpriest2Ananiascamedown with someelders, awith an battorney named Tertullus, and they cbroughtcharges to 3the governoragainstPaul.
After Paul had been summoned, Tertullusbegan to accuse him, saying to the governor, "S ince we have through you attainedmuchpeace, and since by your providencereforms are beingcarried out for thisnation,
we acknowledge this in everyway and everywhere, 4mostexcellentFelix, with allthankfulness.
"But, that I may not weary you anyfurther , I beg you dto grant us, by your kindness, a briefhearing.
"For we have foundthisman a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jewsthroughoutethe world, and a ringleader of the 5sect of the Nazarenes.
"And he eventried to 6desecrate the temple ; and fthen we arrested him. [gWe wanted to judge him according to our own Law.
"But Lysias the commandercamealong, and with muchviolencetook him out of our hands,
8ordering his accusers to comebefore you.] By examining him yourselfconcerningallthese matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him."
97The Jewsalsojoined in the attack, asserting that thesethings were so.
When 8the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paulresponded : "K nowing that for manyyears you have been a judge to thisnation, I cheerfullymake my defense,
since you cantakenote of the fact that nomore than 9twelvedaysago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
"10Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyoneor11causingha riot.
"12Norcan they prove to you the charges of which they nowaccuse me.
"But this I admit to you, that according to 13the Waywhich they call a 14sect I do servei15the God of our fathers, 16believingeverything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets ;
15having a hope in God, which17thesemencherishthemselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
"In view of this, 18I alsojdo my best to maintainalways a blamelessconscience both beforeGod and before men.