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1 After five days Ananias the high priest came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. These men presented their case against Paul to the governor. 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 When he was called in, Tertullus began to accuse him and said: "Since we enjoy great peace because of you, and reforms are taking place for the benefit of this nation by your foresight, 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 gratefully receive them always 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 However, so that I will not burden you any further, I beg you in your graciousness to give us a brief hearing. 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 to be a plague, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the Roman 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 He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we apprehended him [and wanted to judge him according to our law. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 But Lysias the commander came and took him from our hands, commanding his accusers to come to you.] 7 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
8 By examining him yourself you will be able to discern all these things of which we accuse him." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 The Jews also joined in the attack, alleging 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 When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "Because I know you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I am glad to offer my defense in what concerns me. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 You are able to determine that it is no more than 12 days since I went up to worship in 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 they didn't find me disputing with anyone or causing a disturbance among the crowd, either in the temple complex or in the synagogues, or anywhere in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Neither can they provide evidence to you of what they now bring against 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 I confess this to you: that according to the Way, which they call a sect, so I worship my fathers' God, believing all the things that are written in the Law and 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 And I have a hope in God, which these men themselves also accept, that there is going to be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the unrighteous. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men. 16 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
17 After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my nation, 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 and while I was doing this, some Jews from the province of Asia found me ritually purified in the temple, without a crowd and without any uproar. 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 It is they who ought to be here before you to bring charges, if they have anything against me. 19 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
20 Either let these men here state what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin, 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 or about this one statement I cried out while standing among them, 'Today I am being judged before you concerning the resurrection of the dead.' " 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 Since Felix was accurately informed about the Way, he adjourned the hearing, saying, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case." 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 He ordered that the centurion keep Paul under guard, though he could have some freedom, and that he should not prevent any of his friends from serving 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 After some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and listened to him on the subject of 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 Now as he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became afraid and replied, "Leave for now, but when I find time I'll call for you." 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 At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason he sent for him quite often and conversed 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 After two years had passed, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus, and because he wished to do a favor for the Jews, Felix left Paul in prison. 27