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1 Five days after this, Ananias the High Priest came down to Caesarea with a number of Elders and a pleader called Tertullus. They stated to the Governor the case 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 So Paul was sent for, and Tertullus began to impeach him as follows: "Indebted as we are," he said, "to you, most noble Felix, for the perfect peace which we enjoy, and for reforms which your wisdom has introduced to 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 in every instance and in every place we accept them with profound gratitude. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But--not to detain you too long--I beg you in your forbearance to listen to a brief statement from us. 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 Paul a source of mischief and a disturber of the peace among all the Jews throughout the Empire, and a ringleader in the heresy 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 attempted to profane the Temple, but we arrested him. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 [] 7 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
8 You, however, by examining him, will yourself be able to learn the truth as to all this which we allege against him." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 The Jews also joined in the charge, maintaining that these were facts. 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, at a sign from the Governor, Paul answered, "Knowing, Sir, that for many years you have administered justice to this nation, I cheerfully make my defence. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 For you have it in your power to ascertain that it is not more than twelve days ago that 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 that neither in the Temple nor in the synagogues, nor anywhere in the city, did they find me disputing with any opponent or collecting a crowd about me. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Nor can they prove the charges which they are now bringing 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 this I confess to you--that in the way which they style a heresy, I worship the God of our forefathers, believing everything that is taught in the Law or is 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 and having a hope directed towards God, which my accusers themselves also entertain, that before long there will 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 This too is my own earnest endeavour--always to have a clear conscience in relation to God and man. 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 an interval of several years I came to bring alms to my nation, and to offer sacrifices. 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 While I was busy about these, they found me in the Temple purified, with no crowd around me and no uproar; but there were certain Jews from the province of 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 They ought to have been here before you, and to have been my prosecutors, if they have any charge to bring against me. 19 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
20 Or let these men themselves say what misdemeanour they found me guilty of 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 unless it was in that one expression which I made use of when I shouted out as I stood among them, "`The resurrection of the dead is the thing about which I am on my trial before you to-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 At this point Felix, who was fairly well informed about the new faith, adjourned the trial, saying to the Jews, "When the Tribune Lysias comes down, I will enter carefully into the 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 orders to the Captain that Paul was to be kept in custody, but be treated with indulgence, and that his personal friends were not to be prevented from showing him kindness. 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 Not long after this, Felix came with Drusilla his wife, a Jewess, and sending for Paul, listened to him as he spoke 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 But when he dealt with the subjects of justice, self-control, and the judgement which was soon to come, Felix became alarmed and said, "For the present leave me, and when I can find a convenient opportunity I will send 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 hoped that Paul would give him money; and for this reason he sent for him the oftener to converse 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 the lapse of fully two years Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and being desirous of gratifying the Jews, Felix left Paul still in prison. 27