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Acts 23

NIRV 1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin. "My brothers," he said, "I have always done my duty to God. To this very day I feel that I have done nothing wrong." NIV 1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” NIRV 2 Ananias the high priest heard this. So he ordered the men standing near Paul to hit him on the mouth. NIV 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. NIRV 3 Then Paul said to him, "You pretender! God will hit you! You sit there and judge me by the law. But you yourself broke the law when you commanded them to hit me!" NIV 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!” NIRV 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, "How dare you talk like that to God's high priest! NIV 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!” NIRV 5 Paul replied, "Brothers, I didn't realize he was the high priest. It is written, 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.' "(Exodus 22:28) NIV 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ ” NIRV 6 Paul knew that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees. So he called out in the Sanhedrin. "My brothers," he said, "I am a Pharisee. I am the son of a Pharisee. I believe that people will rise from the dead. That's why I am on trial." NIV 6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” NIRV 7 When he said this, the Pharisees and the Sadducees started to argue. They began to take sides. NIV 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. NIRV 8 The Sadducees say that people will not rise from the dead. They don't believe there are angels or spirits either. But the Pharisees believe all these things. NIV 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.) NIRV 9 People were causing trouble and making a lot of noise. Some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up. They argued strongly. "We find nothing wrong with this man," they said. "What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" NIV 9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” NIRV 10 The arguing got out of hand. The commanding officer was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by those who were arguing. So he ordered the soldiers to go down and take him away from them by force. They were supposed to bring him into the fort. NIV 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. NIRV 11 The next night the Lord stood near Paul. He said, "Be brave! You have given witness about me in Jerusalem. You must do the same in Rome." NIV 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” NIRV 12 The next morning the Jews gathered secretly to make plans against Paul. They took an oath that they would not eat or drink anything until they had killed him. NIV 12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. NIRV 13 More than 40 men took part in this plan. NIV 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. NIRV 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders. They said, "We have taken a strong oath. We have made a special promise to God. We will not eat anything until we have killed Paul NIV 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. NIRV 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin must make an appeal to the commanding officer. Ask him to bring Paul to you. Pretend you want more facts about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here." NIV 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.” NIRV 16 But Paul's nephew heard about this plan. So he went into the fort and told Paul. NIV 16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul. NIRV 17 Then Paul called one of the commanders. He said to him, "Take this young man to the commanding officer. He has something to tell him." NIV 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” NIRV 18 So the commander took Paul's nephew to the officer. The commander said, "Paul, the prisoner, sent for me. He asked me to bring this young man to you. The young man has something to tell you." NIV 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.” NIRV 19 The commanding officer took the young man by the hand. He spoke to him in private. "What do you want to tell me?" the officer asked NIV 19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?” NIRV 20 He said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin tomorrow. They will pretend they want more facts about him. NIV 20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. NIRV 21 Don't give in to them. More than 40 of them are waiting in hiding to attack him. They have taken an oath that they will not eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now. All they need is for you to bring Paul to the Sanhedrin. NIV 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.” NIRV 22 The commanding officer let the young man go. But he gave him a warning. "Don't tell anyone you have reported this to me," he said. NIV 22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” NIRV 23 Then the commanding officer called for two of his commanders. He ordered them, "Gather a company of 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 men armed with spears. Get them ready to go to Caesarea at nine o'clock tonight. NIV 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. NIRV 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix." NIV 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.” NIRV 25 Here is the letter the officer wrote. NIV 25 He wrote a letter as follows: NIRV 26 I, Claudius Lysias, am writing this letter. I am sending it to His Excellency, Governor Felix. Greetings. NIV 26 Claudius Lysias, To His Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings. NIRV 27 The Jews grabbed Paul. They were about to kill him. But I came with my soldiers and saved him. I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. NIV 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. NIRV 28 I wanted to know why they were bringing charges against him. So I brought him to their Sanhedrin. NIV 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. NIRV 29 I found out that the charge against him was based on questions about their law. But there was no charge against him worthy of death or prison. NIV 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. NIRV 30 Then I was told about a plan against the man. So I sent him to you at once. I also ordered those bringing charges against him to tell you their case. NIV 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. NIRV 31 The soldiers followed their orders. During the night they took Paul with them. They brought him as far as Antipatris. NIV 31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. NIRV 32 The next day they let the horsemen go on with him. The soldiers returned to the fort. NIV 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. NIRV 33 The horsemen arrived in Caesarea. They gave the letter to the governor. Then they handed Paul over to him. NIV 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. NIRV 34 The governor read the letter. He asked Paul where he was from. He learned that Paul was from Cilicia. NIV 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, NIRV 35 So he said, "I will hear your case when those bringing charges against you get here." Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace. NIV 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.

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