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1 Five days later Ananias, the high priest, went to the city of Caesarea with some of the older Jewish leaders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They had come to make charges against Paul before 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 Paul was called into the meeting, and Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Most Excellent Felix! Our people enjoy much peace because of you, and many wrong things in our country are being made right through your wise help. 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 these things always and in every place, and we are thankful for them. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But not wanting to take any more of your time, I beg you to be kind and listen to our few words. 4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up the Jews everywhere in the world. He is a leader of the Nazarene group. 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 Also, he was trying to make the Temple unclean, but we stopped 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 By asking him questions yourself, you can decide if all these things are true." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 The other Jews agreed and said that all of this 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 When the governor made a sign for Paul to speak, Paul said, "Governor Felix, I know you have been a judge over this nation for a long time. So I am happy to defend myself before you. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 You can learn for yourself that I went to worship in Jerusalem only twelve days ago. 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 Those who are accusing me did not find me arguing with anyone in the Temple or stirring up the people in the synagogues or in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 They cannot prove the things they are saying 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 I will tell you this: I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way of Jesus. The Jews say that the Way of Jesus is not the right way. But I believe everything that is taught in the law of Moses and that is written 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 I have the same hope in God that they have -- the hope that all people, good and bad, will surely be raised from the dead. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 This is why I always try to do what I believe is right before God and people. 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 being away from Jerusalem for several years, I went back to bring money to my people 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 I was doing this when they found me in the Temple. I had finished the cleansing ceremony and had not made any trouble; no people were gathering around me. 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 there were some Jews from the country of Asia who should be here, standing before you. If I have really done anything wrong, they are the ones who should accuse me. 19 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
20 Or ask these Jews here if they found any wrong in me when I stood before the Jewish council in Jerusalem. 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 I did shout one thing when I stood before them: 'You are judging me today because I believe that people will rise 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 Felix already understood much about the Way of Jesus. He stopped the trial and said, "When commander Lysias comes here, I will decide your 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 Felix told the officer to keep Paul guarded but to give him some freedom and to let his friends bring what he needed. 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 After some days Felix came with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, and asked for Paul to be brought to him. He listened to Paul talk about believing 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 Felix became afraid when Paul spoke about living right, self-control, and the time when God will judge the world. He said, "Go away now. When I have more time, I will call 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 Felix hoped that Paul would give him some money, so he often sent for Paul 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 But after two years, Felix was replaced by Porcius Festus as governor. But Felix had left Paul in prison to please the Jews. 27