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1 And after five days the high priest Anani'as came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertul'lus. They laid before the governor their case 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, Tertul'lus began to accuse him, saying: "Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your provision, most excellent Felix, reforms are introduced on behalf of this 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 in every way and everywhere we accept this with all 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 in your kindness to hear us briefly. 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 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, but we seized him. 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.
7 * [No text] 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 about 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, affirming that all this was 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 And when the governor had motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "Realizing that for many years you have been judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 10 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
11 As you may ascertain, it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at 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 they did not find me disputing with any one or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues, or in the city. 12 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.
13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up 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 fathers, believing everything laid down by 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 having a hope in God which these themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward God and toward 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 some years I came to bring to my nation alms and offerings. 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 As I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia-- 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 be here before you and 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 else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they 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 except this one thing which I cried out while standing among them, 'With respect to the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before 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 Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lys'ias 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 gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but should have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to 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 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusil'la, who was a Jewess; and he sent for Paul and heard him speak upon 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 argued about justice and self-control and future judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present; when I have an opportunity I will summon 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. So he sent for him 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 when two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 27