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Acts 23:12-35 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath to neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 12 The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13 There were more than forty of them. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They went to the leading priests and other leaders and told them what they had done. "We have bound ourselves under oath to neither eat nor drink until we have killed Paul 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, "We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
15 You and the high council should tell the commander to bring Paul back to the council again," they requested. "Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way." 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here."
16 But Paul's nephew heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul. 16 But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Paul called one of the officers and said, "Take this young man to the commander. He has something important to tell him." 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him."
18 So the officer did, explaining, "Paul, the prisoner, called me over and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you." 18 So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, "Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you."
19 The commander took him by the arm, led him aside, and asked, "What is it you want to tell me?" 19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, "What is it you want to tell me?
20 Paul's nephew told him, "Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the Jewish high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information. 20 He said: "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.
21 But don't do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to jump him and kill him. They have vowed not to eat or drink until they kill him. They are ready, expecting you to agree to their request." 21 Don't give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.
22 "Don't let a soul know you told me this," the commander warned the young man as he sent him away. 22 The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone that you have reported this to me."
23 Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, "Get two hundred soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o'clock tonight. Also take two hundred spearmen and seventy horsemen. 23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, "Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight.
24 Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix." 24 Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."
25 Then he wrote this letter to the governor: 25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 "From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix. Greetings! 26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings.
27 This man was seized by some Jews, and they were about to kill him when I arrived with the troops. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I removed him to safety. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.
28 Then I took him to their high council to try to find out what he had done. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.
29 I soon discovered it was something regarding their religious law -- certainly nothing worthy of imprisonment or death. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment.
30 But when I was informed of a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him on to you. I have told his accusers to bring their charges before you." 30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.
31 So that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris. 31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.
32 They returned to the fortress the next morning, while the horsemen took him on to Caesarea. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.
33 When they arrived in Caesarea, they presented Paul and the letter to Governor Felix. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.
34 He read it and then asked Paul what province he was from. "Cilicia," Paul answered. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,
35 "I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive," the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod's headquarters. 35 he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace.