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1 After five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with certain elders and an orator, one Tertullus. They informed 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 When he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by you we enjoy much peace, and that excellent measures are coming to 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 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude.
4 But, that I don't delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear 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 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and an instigator of insurrections 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. We arrested 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 may ascertain all these things 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 attack, affirming 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 When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, 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 seeing that you can recognize that 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 In the temple they didn't find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a 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 to you 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 you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are 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 hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 15 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
16 Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of 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 some years, I came to bring gifts to the needy to my nation, 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 amid which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet with tumult. But certain 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 who ought to have been here before you, and to make accusation, 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 these men themselves say what injustice they found in me 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 is for this one thing that I cried standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged 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, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, "When Lysias, the commanding officer, 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 He ordered the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to 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 But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the 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 As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will call you to me." 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 He hoped that way that money would be given to him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore also he sent for him more often, and talked 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 fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds. 27