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1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to 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 he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: "Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight, 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, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words 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 a plague, a creator of dissension 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 He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him 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 to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 And the Jews also assented, maintaining 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 nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of 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 because you may ascertain that it is no more than 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 anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Nor can they prove the things of which 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 to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, 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 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and 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 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 in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with 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 They ought to have been here before you to object if they had 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 else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while 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 is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged 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 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on 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 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit 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 Jewish, 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 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient 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 Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed 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 succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound. 27