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1 Sha'ul, looking steadfastly at the council, said, "Brothers, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day." 1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, "My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day."
2 The Kohen Gadol, Hananyah, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Sha'ul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?" 3 Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!"
4 Those who stood by said, "Do you malign God's Kohen Gadol? 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "You dare to insult God's high priest?
5 Sha'ul said, "I didn't know, brothers, that he was Kohen Gadol. For it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'" 5 Paul replied, "Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.' "
6 But when Sha'ul perceived that the one part were Tzedukim and the other Perushim, he cried out in the council, "Men and brothers, I am a Parush, a son of Perushim. Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!" 6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead."
7 When he had said this, an argument arose between the Perushim and Tzedukim, and the assembly was divided. 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 For the Tzedukim say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Perushim confess all of these. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
9 A great clamor arose, and some of the Sofrim of the Perushim part stood up, and contended, saying, "We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to him, let's not fight against God!" 9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. "We find nothing wrong with this man," they said. "What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?"
10 When a great argument arose, the commanding officer, fearing that Sha'ul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks. 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night, the Lord stood by him, and said, "Cheer up, Sha'ul, for as you have testified about me at Yerushalayim, so you must testify also at Rome." 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."
12 When it was day, some of the Yehudim banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Sha'ul. 12 The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13 There were more than forty people who had made this conspiracy. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They came to the chief Kohanim and the Zakenim, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Sha'ul 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, "We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
15 Now therefore, you with the council inform the commanding officer that he should bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to judge his case more exactly. We are ready to kill him before he comes near." 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here."
16 But Sha'ul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the barracks and told Sha'ul. 16 But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Sha'ul summoned one of the centurions, and said, "Bring this young man to the commanding officer, for he has something to tell him." 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him."
18 So he took him, and brought him to the commanding officer, and said, "Sha'ul, the prisoner, summoned me and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to tell you." 18 So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, "Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you."
19 The commanding officer took him by the hand, and going aside, asked him privately, "What is it that you have to tell me? 19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, "What is it you want to tell me?
20 He said, "The Yehudim have agreed to ask you to bring down Sha'ul tomorrow to the council, as though intending to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him. 20 He said: "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.
21 Therefore don't yield to them, for more than forty men lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have killed him. Now they are ready, looking for the promise from you. 21 Don't give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.
22 So the commanding officer let the young man go, charging him, "Tell no one that you have told these things to me." 22 The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone that you have reported this to me."
23 He called to himself two of the centurions, and said, "Prepare two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, with seventy horsemen, and two hundred men armed with spears, at the third hour of the night." 23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, "Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight.
24 He asked them to provide animals, that they might set Sha'ul on one, and bring him safely to Felix the governor. 24 Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."
25 He wrote a letter like this: 25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 "Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings. 26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.
27 "This man was seized by the Yehudim, and was about to be killed by them, when I came with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.
28 Desiring to know the cause why they accused him, I brought him down to their council. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.
29 I found him to be accused about questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment.
30 When I was told that the Yehudim lay in wait for the man, I sent him to you immediately, charging his accusers also to bring their accusations against him before you. Farewell." 30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.
31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Sha'ul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.
32 But on the next day they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the barracks. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.
33 They, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, presented Sha'ul also before him. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
34 When the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. When he understood that he was from Cilicia, he said, 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,
35 "I will hear you fully when your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's palace. 35 he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.