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1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders and with him a certain orator named Tertullus, who 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 Paul was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by thee we enjoy much quietness, most noble Felix, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 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 always and in all places with all thankfulness. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear from us in 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 sedition 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 also hath gone about profaning the temple. Him we took and would have judged according to our law. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, 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 unto thee, so that by examining him thyself, thou mayest have knowledge of all of these things whereof we accuse him." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 And the Jews also assented, saying 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 Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that thou hast been for many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 For thou mayest understand that there have been yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 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 neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither stirring up the people, neither 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 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 according to the Way, which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which 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 hope in God, which they themselves also hold, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 And herein do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward 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 "Now after many 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 whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, with neither crowd nor tumult. 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 These ought to have been here before thee to object 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 same say here if they have found any evildoing in me 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 unless it be for this one utterance that I cried out standing among them: `Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am called into question by 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 And when Felix heard these things, having a more complete knowledge of that Way, he deferred the hearing and said, "When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of 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 commanded a centurion to keep Paul, but to let him have some liberties, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintances to minister or come 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 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jew, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 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 Paul reasoned about righteousness, temperance, and the Judgment to come, Felix trembled and answered, "Go thy way for this time. When I have a convenient occasion I will call for thee." 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 also that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore 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 after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix's position; and Felix, wanting to show the Jews a favor, left Paul bound. 27