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1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with certain elders, and [with] an orator, one Tertullus; and they informed the governor against Paul. 1 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.
2 And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy much peace, and that by the providence evils are corrected for this nation, 2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: "We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation.
3 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I entreat thee to hear us of thy clemency a few words. 4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: 5 "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect
6 who moreover assayed to profane the temple: on whom also we laid hold: [and we would have judged him according to our law. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 7 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
8 commanding his accusers to come before thee.] from whom thou wilt be able, by examining him thyself, to take knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him. 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 And the Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that these things were so. 9 When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.
10 And when the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, Paul answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I cheerfully make my defense: 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 Seeing that thou canst take knowledge that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem: 11 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.
12 and neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man or stirring up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Neither can they prove to thee the things whereof they now accuse me. 13 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they call a sect, so serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; 14 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
15 having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always. 16 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
17 Now after some years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings: 17 I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.
18 amidst which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet with tumult: but [there were] certain Jews from Asia-- 18 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.
19 who ought to have been here before thee, and to make accusation, if they had aught against me. 19 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrong-doing they found when I stood before the council, 20 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: 'It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.' "
21 except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question before you this day. 21 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case."
22 But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will determine your matter. 22 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.
23 And he gave order to the centurion that he should be kept in charge, and should have indulgence; and not to forbid any of his friends to minister unto him. 23 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
24 But after certain days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus. 24 As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me. 25 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
26 He hoped withal that money would be given him of Paul: wherefore also he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. 26 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
27 But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds. 27