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Acts 24

Paul before Felix

2 After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor, "S ince we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation,
4 "But, that I may not weary you any further *, I beg you to grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing.
5 "For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the 5sect of the Nazarenes.
6 "And he even tried to 6desecrate the temple; and then we arrested him. [We wanted to judge him according to our own Law.
7 "But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands,
8 ordering his accusers to come before you.] By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him."
9 7The Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so.
10 When 8the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded: "K nowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,
11 since you can take note of the fact that no more than 9twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 "10Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyone or 11causing a riot.
13 "12Nor can they prove to you the charges of which they now accuse me.
14 "But this I admit to you, that according to 13the Way which they call a 14sect I do serve 15the God of our fathers, 16believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
15 having a hope in God, which 17these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
16 "In view of this, 18I also do my best to maintain always * a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
18 in which they found me occupied in the temple, having been 21purified, without * any 22crowd or uproar. But there were some 23Jews from Asia -
19 who ought to have been present before you and to 24make accusation, if they should have anything against me.
21 other than for this one statement which 26I shouted out while standing among them, 'For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.' "
23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be 28kept in custody and yet 29have some freedom, and not to prevent any of 30his friends from ministering to him.
24 But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about 31faith in Christ Jesus.
25 But as he was discussing 32righteousness, 33self-control and 34the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you."
26 At the same time too, he was hoping that 35money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.
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