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1 Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, "Brethren , I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to 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 high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside 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 Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall ! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck ?" 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 But the bystanders said, "Do you revile God's high priest ? 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "You dare to insult God's high priest?
5 And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest ; 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 perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, "Brethren , I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees ; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead !" 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 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, 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 Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
9 And there occurred a great uproar ; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "We find nothing wrong with this man ; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 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 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander 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 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 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, "Take courage ; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also." 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, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 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 who formed this plot. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul 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 and the Council notify the commander 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." 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 the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, and he came and entered the barracks and told Paul. 16 But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Lead this young man to the commander, for he has something to report to 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 led him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to lead this young man to you since he 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 commander took him by the hand and stepping aside, began to inquire of him privately , "What is it that you have to report to 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 And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the Council, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more thoroughly about 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 "So do not listen to them, for more than forty of them are lying in wait for him who have bound themselves under a curse not to eat or drink until they slay him; and now they are ready and waiting 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 commander let the young man go, instructing him, "Tell no one that you have notified me of these things." 22 The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone that you have reported this to me."
23 And he called to him two of the centurions and said, "Get two hundred soldiers ready by the third hour of the night to proceed to Caesarea, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen." 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 They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor. 24 Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."
25 And he wrote a letter having this form : 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 "When this man was arrested by the Jews and was about to be slain by them, I came up to them with the troops 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 "And wanting to ascertain the charge for which they were accusing 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 and I found him to be accused over questions about their Law, but under no accusation deserving death or imprisonment. 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 informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to bring charges against him before you." 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, in accordance with their orders, took Paul 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 the next day, leaving the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to the barracks. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.
33 When these had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
34 When he had read it, he asked from what province he was, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia, 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,
35 he said, "I will give you a hearing after your accusers arrive also," giving orders for him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium. 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.