Acts 24:26

26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.

Acts 24:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
ESV
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.
NLT
26 He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him.
MSG
26 At the same time he was secretly hoping that Paul would offer him a substantial bribe. These conversations were repeated frequently.
CSB
26 At the same time he was also hoping that money would be given to him by Paul. For this reason he sent for him quite often and conversed with him.

Acts 24:26 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 24:26

He hoped also that money would have been given him of Paul,
&c.] For he observed from his own defence, that he came up to Jerusalem to bring alms and offerings; and he perceived by Tertullus's indictment, that he was at the head of a large body of men; that he was some considerable person, at least who was in great esteem among some sort of people, and whose life and liberty were valuable: and he might hope if Paul had not money of his own, yet his friends would supply him with a sufficiency to obtain his freedom; and it may be that it was with this view that he ordered that they should have free access to him and minister to him, that so he might have to give to him:

that he might loose him;
from all confinement, and set him at entire liberty:

wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him;
but not about religious matters, but about his civil affairs; suggesting he would release him for a sum of money, which the apostle did not listen to, being unwilling to encourage such evil practices, or to make use of unlawful means to free himself.

Acts 24:26 In-Context

24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
25 As Paul talked about 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.”
26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
27 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.