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1 And after five days, the high priest, Ananias, came with certain of the rulers, and an expert talker, one Tertullus; and they made a statement to Felix 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 he had been sent for, Tertullus, starting his statement, said, Because by you we are living in peace, and through your wisdom wrongs are put right for 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 all things and in all places we are conscious of our great debt to you, most noble Felix. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But, so that I may not make you tired, I make a request to you of your mercy, to give hearing to a short statement. 4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 For this man, in our opinion, is a cause of trouble, a maker of attacks on the government among Jews through all the empire, and a chief mover in the society 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, in addition, was attempting to make the Temple unclean: whom we took, 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 And from whom you will be able, by questioning him yourself, to get knowledge of all the things which we say against him. 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 And the Jews were in agreement with his statement, 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 when the ruler had given him a sign to make his answer, Paul said, Because I have knowledge that you have been a judge over this nation for a number of years, I am glad to make my answer: 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 Seeing that you are able to make certain of the fact that it is not more than twelve days from the time when I came up to Jerusalem for 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 have not seen me in argument with any man in the Temple, or working up the feelings of the people, in the Synagogues or in the town: 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 And they are not able to give facts in support of the things which they say against me now. 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 will say openly to you, that I do give worship to the God of our fathers after that Way, which to them is not the true religion: but I have belief in all the things which are in the law and in the books of 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 Hoping in God for that which they themselves are looking for, that there will be a coming back from the dead for upright men and wrongdoers. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 And in this, I do my best at all times to have no reason for shame before God or 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 a number of years I came to give help 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 having been made clean, I was in the Temple, but not with a great number of people, and not with noise: but there were certain Jews from 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 And it would have been better if they had come here to make a statement, 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 Or let these men here present say what wrongdoing was seen in me when I was 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 But only this one thing which I said among them in a loud voice, I am this day being judged on the question of the coming back from 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 But Felix, who had a more detailed knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, When Lysias, the chief captain, comes down, I will give attention to your business. 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 to keep Paul under his control, and to let him have everything he had need of; and not to keep his friends from coming to see 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 But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla his wife, who was of the Jews by birth, and sent for Paul, and gave hearing to him 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 And while he was talking about righteousness and self-control and the judging which was to come, Felix had great fear and said, Go away for the present, and when the right time comes 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 For he was hoping that Paul would give him money: so he sent for him more frequently and had talk 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 took the place of Felix, who, desiring to have the approval of the Jews, kept Paul in chains. 27