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1 Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, and they reported their case 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 When Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: "Your Excellency, because of you we have long enjoyed peace, and reforms have been made for this people because of 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 welcome this in every way and everywhere with utmost gratitude. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But, to detain you no further, I beg you to hear us briefly with your customary graciousness. 4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
5 We have, in fact, found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator 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 so we seized 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 examining him yourself you will be able to learn from him concerning everything of which we accuse him." 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 The Jews also joined in the charge by asserting that all 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 motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "I cheerfully make my defense, knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 As you can find out, it is not more than twelve days since 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 They did not find me disputing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd either in the synagogues or throughout the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Neither can they prove to you the charge that they now bring 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 admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down according to the law or 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 I have a hope in God—a hope that they themselves also accept—that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 Therefore I do my best always to have a clear conscience toward God and all 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 Now after some 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 doing this, they found me in the temple, completing the rite of purification, without any crowd or disturbance. 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 Asia—they ought to be here before you to make an accusation, 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 tell what crime they had found when 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 was this one sentence that I called out while standing before them, "It is about the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.' " 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 was rather well informed about the Way, adjourned the hearing with the comment, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, 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 Then he ordered the centurion to keep him in custody, but to let him have some liberty and not to prevent any of his friends from taking care of his needs. 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 Some days later when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning 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 as he discussed justice, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present; when I have an 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 money would be given him by Paul, and for that reason he used to send for him very often and 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 After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and since he wanted to grant the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 27