When it was day, 1the Jews made a plot and 2bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.
They went to the chief priests and elders and said, "We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul
Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near."
Now the son of Paul's sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered 3the barracks and told Paul.
Paul called one of the centurions and said, "Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him."
So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, "Paul 4the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you."
The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, "What is it that you have to tell me?
And he said, 5"The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him.
But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who 6have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.
So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, "Tell no one that you have informed me of these things."
Then he called two of the centurions and said, "Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night.
Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to 7Felix 8the governor."
And he wrote a letter to this effect:
"Claudius Lysias, to 9his Excellency the governor Felix, 10greetings.
11This man was seized by the Jews and 12was about to be killed by them 13when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, 14having learned that he was a Roman citizen.
And 15desiring to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their council.
I found that he was being accused 16about questions of their law, but 17charged with nothing deserving death or imprisonment.
18And when it was disclosed to me 19that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, 20ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against him."
So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
And on the next day they returned to 21the barracks, letting the horsemen go on with him.
When they had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him.
On reading the letter, he asked what 22province he was from. And when he learned 23that he was from Cilicia,
he said, "I will give you a hearing 24when your accusers arrive." And he commanded him to be guarded in Herod's 25praetorium.