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1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, all of whom brought charges 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 And [when] he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, "We have experienced much peace through you, and reforms are taking place in this nation through 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 Both in every [way] and everywhere we acknowledge [this], most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But so that I may not impose on you for longer, I implore you to hear us briefly with your [customary] graciousness. 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 public menace and one who causes riots among all the Jews throughout the Roman Empire 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 even attempted to desecrate the temple, and we arrested {him}. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
8 [When] you yourself examine [him] you will be able to find out from {him} about all these [things] of which we are accusing him." 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
9 And the Jews also joined in the attack, asserting these [things] were so. 9 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
10 And [when] the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, "[Because I] know you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I defend myself cheerfully [with respect to] the things concerning myself. 10 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.
11 You can ascertain that {it has not been more than} twelve days {since} I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And neither did they find me arguing with anyone or making a crowd develop in the temple [courts] nor in the synagogues nor throughout the city. 12 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.
13 Nor can they prove [the things] to you concerning which they are now accusing me. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
14 But I do confess this to you, that according to the Way (which they call a sect), so I worship the God of our fathers, believing all things [that are] in accordance with the law and that are written in the prophets, 14 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,
15 having a hope in God which these [men] also themselves await: [that] there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
16 {For this reason} also [I] myself {always} do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and people. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
17 So after many years, I came to practice charitable giving and offerings to my people, 17 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
18 in which they found me purified in the temple [courts], not with a crowd or with a disturbance. 18 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.
19 But [there are] some Jews from Asia who ought to be present before you and bring charges against [me], if they have anything against me, 19 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.
20 or these [men] themselves should say what crime they found [when] I stood before the Sanhedrin, 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
21 other than concerning this one declaration that I shouted [while] standing there before them: 'I am being judged before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead!'" 21 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.' "
22 But Felix, [because he] understood the [facts] concerning the Way more accurately, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the military tribune comes down, I will decide {your case}." 22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case."
23 [He] ordered the centurion [for] him to be guarded and to have some freedom, and in no way to prevent any of his own [people] [from] serving him. 23 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.
24 And after some days, [when] Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and listened to him concerning faith in Christ Jesus. 24 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.
25 And [while] he was discussing about righteousness and self control and the judgment that is to come, Felix became afraid [and] replied, "Go away for the present, and [when I] have an opportunity, I will summon you." 25 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."
26 At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason also he sent for him as often as possible [and] talked with him. 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
27 And [when] two years had passed, Felix received as successor Porcius Festus. And [because he] wanted to do a favor for the Jews, Felix left Paul behind {as a prisoner}. 27 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.