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1 Five days later Ananias the high priest went down to Caesarea. Some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus went with him. They brought their charges against Paul to 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 So Paul was called in. Tertullus began to bring the charges against Paul. He said to Felix, "We have enjoyed a long time of peace while you have been ruling. You are a wise leader. You have made this a better 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 Most excellent Felix, we gladly admit this everywhere and in every way. And we are very thankful. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 I don't want to bother you. But would you be kind enough to listen to us for a short time? 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 that Paul is a troublemaker. He stirs up trouble among Jews all over the world. He is a leader of those who follow Jesus of Nazareth. 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 tried to pollute our temple. So we arrested him. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
8 Question him yourself. Then you will learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him." 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
9 The Jews said the same thing. They agreed that the charges were true. 9 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
10 The governor motioned for Paul to speak. Paul said, "I know that you have been a judge over this nation for quite a few years. So I am glad to stand up for myself. 10 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.
11 About 12 days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. You can easily check on this. 11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 Those bringing charges against me did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple. I wasn't stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 12 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.
13 They can't prove to you any of the charges they are making against me. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
14 "It is true that I worship the God of our people. I am a follower of the Way of Jesus. Those bringing charges against me call it a cult. I believe everything that agrees with the Law. I believe everything written in the Prophets. 14 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,
15 I have the same hope in God that these men have. I believe that both the godly and the ungodly will rise from the dead. 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
16 So I always try not to do anything wrong in the eyes of God and man. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
17 "I was away for several years. Then I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for those who were poor. I also came to offer sacrifices. 17 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
18 They found me doing this in the temple courtyard. I had already been made pure and clean in the usual way. There was no crowd with me. I didn't stir up any trouble. 18 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.
19 "But there are some other Jews who should be here in front of you. They are from Asia Minor. They should bring charges if they have anything against me. 19 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.
20 Let the Jews who are here tell you what crime I am guilty of. After all, I was put on trial by the Sanhedrin. 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin--
21 Perhaps they blame me for what I said when I was on trial. I shouted, 'I believe that people will rise from the dead. That is why I am on trial here today.' " 21 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.' "
22 Felix knew all about the Way of Jesus. So he put off the trial for the time being. "Lysias the commanding officer will come," he said. "Then I will decide your case." 22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case."
23 He ordered the commander to keep Paul under guard. He told him to give Paul some freedom. He also told him to allow Paul's friends to take care of his needs. 23 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.
24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla. She was a Jew. Felix sent for Paul and listened to him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 24 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.
25 Paul talked about how to live right. He talked about how people should control themselves. He also talked about the time when God will judge everyone. Then Felix became afraid. "That's enough for now!" he said. "You may leave. When I find the time, I will send for you." 25 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."
26 He was hoping that Paul would offer him some money to let him go. So he often sent for Paul and talked with him. 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
27 Two years passed. Porcius Festus took the place of Felix. But Felix wanted to do the Jews a favor. So he left Paul in prison. 27 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.