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1 And after five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with some ancients and one Tertullus, an orator, who went 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 Paul being called for, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: Whereas, through thee we live in much peace and many things are rectified by thy providence, 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 excellent Felix, with all thanksgiving. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But that I be no further tedious to thee, I desire thee of thy clemency to hear us in a 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 to be a pestilent man and raising seditions among all the Jews throughout the world: and author of the sedition 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 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom, we having apprehended, would also have judged according to our law. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 But Lysias the tribune, coming upon us with great violence, took him away 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 thee. Of whom thou mayest thyself, by examination, have knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him. 8 The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
9 And the Jews also added and said 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 answered (the governor making a sign to him to speak): Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge over this nation, I will with good courage answer for myself. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 For thou mayest understand that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to adore 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 And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man or causing any concourse of the people: neither in the synagogues, nor in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Neither can they prove unto thee the things whereof 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 thee that according to the way which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and 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 Having hope in God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection of the just and unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 And herein do I endeavour to have always a conscience without offence, towards God and towards 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 to my nation and offerings and vows. 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 which I was found purified in the temple: neither with multitude 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 But certain Jews of Asia, who ought to be present before thee and to accuse, 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 let these men themselves say if they found in me any iniquity, when standing 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 Except it be for this one voice only that I cried, standing among them: Concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you. 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 And Felix put them off, having most certain knowledge of this way, saying: When Lysias the tribune shall come down, I will hear you. 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 commanded a centurion to keep him: and that he should be easy and that he should not prohibit any of his friends to minister unto 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, Felix, coming with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jew, sent for Paul and heard of him the faith that is 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 treated of justice and chastity and of the judgment to come, Felix, being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but when I have a convenient time, I will send for thee. 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 Hoping also withal that money should be given him by Paul: for which cause also oftentimes sending for him, he spoke 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 when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. 27