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1 Five days later Ananias, the high priest, arrived with some of the Jewish leaders and the lawyer Tertullus, to press charges 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 When Paul was called in, Tertullus laid charges against Paul in the following address to the governor:"Your Excellency, you have given peace to us Jews and have enacted reforms for us. 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 And for all of this we are very grateful to you. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But lest I bore you, kindly give me your attention for only a moment as I briefly outline our case against this man. 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 him to be a troublemaker, a man who is constantly inciting the Jews throughout the world to riots and rebellions against the Roman government. He is a ringleader of the sect known as 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 Moreover he was trying to defile the Temple when we arrested him. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 * [No text] 7 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
8 You can find out the truth of our accusations by examining him yourself." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 Then the other Jews chimed in, declaring that everything Tertullus said was true. 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 Now it was Paul's turn. The governor motioned for him to rise and speak. Paul said, "I know, sir, that you have been a judge of Jewish affairs for many years, and this gives me confidence as I make my defense. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 You can quickly discover that it was no more than twelve days ago that I arrived in Jerusalem to worship at the Temple. 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 I didn't argue with anyone in the Temple, nor did I incite a riot in any synagogue or on the streets of the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 These men certainly cannot prove the things they accuse me of doing. 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 admit that I follow the Way, which they call a sect. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the books of prophecy. 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 I have hope in God, just as these men do, that he will raise both the righteous and the ungodly. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and everyone else. 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 several years away, I returned to Jerusalem with money to aid my people and to offer sacrifices to God. 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 My accusers saw me in the Temple as I was completing a purification ritual. There was no crowd around me and no rioting. 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 But some Jews from the province of Asia were there -- and they ought to be here 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 Ask these men here what wrongdoing the Jewish high council found in me, 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 for one thing I said when I shouted out, 'I am on trial before you today because I believe in 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 Felix, who was quite familiar with the Way, adjourned the hearing and said, "Wait until Lysias, the garrison commander, arrives. Then I will decide the 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 an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs. 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 A few days later Felix came with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about 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 As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I'll call for you again." 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 also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked 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 Two years went by in this way; then Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And because Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish leaders, he left Paul in prison. 27