The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage!1 As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."2
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The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy3 and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.4
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More than forty men were involved in this plot.
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.
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Now then, you and the Sanhedrin5 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."
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But when the son of Paul's sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks6 and told Paul.
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Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him."
So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, "Paul, the prisoner,7 sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you."
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The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, "What is it you want to tell me?
He said: "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin8 tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.9
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Don't give in to them, because more than forty10 of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him.11 They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.
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The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone that you have reported this to me."
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 Caesarea12 at nine tonight.13
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Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix."14
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He wrote a letter as follows:
Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency,15 Governor Felix: Greetings.16
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This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him,17 but I came with my troops and rescued him,18 for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.19
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I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.20
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I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law,21 but there was no charge against him22 that deserved death or imprisonment.
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When I was informed23 of a plot24 to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers25 to present to you their case against him.
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So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris.
The next day they let the cavalry26 go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.27
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When the cavalry28 arrived in Caesarea,29 they delivered the letter to the governor30 and handed Paul over to him.
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The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,31
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he said, "I will hear your case when your accusers32 get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard33 in Herod's palace.
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