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1 Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began: "Brothers, I have always lived before God in all good conscience!" 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 Instantly Ananias the high priest commanded those close to Paul to slap him on the mouth. 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
3 But Paul said to him, "God will slap you, you whitewashed wall! What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?" 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 standing near Paul said to him, "Is that the way to talk to God's high priest?" 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "You dare to insult God's high priest?
5 "I'm sorry, brothers. I didn't realize he was the high priest," Paul replied, "for the Scriptures say, 'Do not speak evil of anyone who rules over you.'" 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 Paul realized that some members of the high council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he shouted, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, as were all my ancestors! And I am on trial because my hope is in the 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 This divided the council -- the Pharisees against the Sadducees -- 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 there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, but the Pharisees believe in 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 So a great clamor arose. Some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees jumped up to argue that Paul was all right. "We see nothing wrong with him," they shouted. "Perhaps a spirit or an angel spoke 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 The shouting grew louder and louder, and the men were tugging at Paul from both sides, pulling him this way and that. Finally, the commander, fearing they would tear him apart, ordered his soldiers to take him away from them and bring him back to the fortress. 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 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, "Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have told the people about me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in 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 The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath to 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 of them. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They went to the leading priests and other leaders and told them what they had done. "We have bound ourselves under oath to neither eat nor drink 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 You and the high council should tell the commander to bring Paul back to the council again," they requested. "Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way." 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 Paul's nephew heard of their plan and went to the fortress 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 officers and said, "Take this young man to the commander. He has something important 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 the officer did, explaining, "Paul, the prisoner, called me over and asked me to bring this young man to you because 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 arm, led him aside, and asked, "What is it you want 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 Paul's nephew told him, "Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the Jewish high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information. 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 But don't do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to jump him and kill him. They have vowed not to eat or drink until they kill him. They are ready, expecting you to agree to their request." 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 "Don't let a soul know you told me this," the commander warned the young man as he sent him away. 22 The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone that you have reported this to me."
23 Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, "Get two hundred soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o'clock tonight. Also take two hundred spearmen and seventy horsemen. 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 Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix." 24 Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."
25 Then he wrote this letter to the governor: 25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 "From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix. Greetings! 26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.
27 This man was seized by some Jews, and they were about to kill him when I arrived with the troops. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I removed him to safety. 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 Then I took him to their high council to try to find out what he had done. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.
29 I soon discovered it was something regarding their religious law -- certainly nothing worthy of imprisonment or death. 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 But when I was informed of a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him on to you. I have told his accusers to bring their charges 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 that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris. 31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.
32 They returned to the fortress the next morning, while the horsemen took him on to Caesarea. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.
33 When they arrived in Caesarea, they presented Paul and the letter to Governor Felix. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
34 He read it and then asked Paul what province he was from. "Cilicia," Paul answered. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,
35 "I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive," the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod's headquarters. 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.