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Acts 24

ESV 1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. MSG 1 Within five days, the Chief Priest Ananias arrived with a contingent of leaders, along with Tertullus, a trial lawyer. They presented the governor with their case against Paul. ESV 2 And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: "Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, MSG 2 When Paul was called before the court, Tertullus spoke for the prosecution: "Most Honorable Felix, we are most grateful in all times and places for your wise and gentle rule. ESV 3 in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. MSG 3 We are much aware that it is because of you and you alone that we enjoy all this peace and gain daily profit from your reforms. ESV 4 But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. MSG 4 I'm not going to tire you out with a long speech. I beg your kind indulgence in listening to me. I'll be quite brief. ESV 5 For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. MSG 5 "We've found this man time and again disturbing the peace, stirring up riots against Jews all over the world, the ringleader of a seditious sect called Nazarenes. ESV 6 He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. MSG 6 He's a real bad apple, I must say. We caught him trying to defile our holy Temple and arrested him. ESV 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him." MSG 8 You'll be able to verify all these accusations when you examine him yourself." ESV 9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so. MSG 9 The Jews joined in: "Hear, hear! That's right!" ESV 10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: "Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. MSG 10 The governor motioned to Paul that it was now his turn. Paul said, "I count myself fortunate to be defending myself before you, Governor, knowing how fair-minded you've been in judging us all these years. ESV 11 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, MSG 11 I've been back in the country only twelve days - you can check out these dates easily enough. I came with the express purpose of worshiping in Jerusalem on Pentecost, and I've been minding my own business the whole time. ESV 12 and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. MSG 12 Nobody can say they saw me arguing in the Temple or working up a crowd in the streets. ESV 13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. MSG 13 Not one of their charges can be backed up with evidence or witnesses. ESV 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, MSG 14 "But I do freely admit this: In regard to the Way, which they malign as a dead-end street, I serve and worship the very same God served and worshiped by all our ancestors and embrace everything written in all our Scriptures. ESV 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. MSG 15 And I admit to living in hopeful anticipation that God will raise the dead, both the good and the bad. If that's my crime, my accusers are just as guilty as I am. ESV 16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. MSG 16 "Believe me, I do my level best to keep a clear conscience before God and my neighbors in everything I do. ESV 17 Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. MSG 17 I've been out of the country for a number of years and now I'm back. While I was away, I took up a collection for the poor and brought that with me, along with offerings for the Temple. ESV 18 While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia-- MSG 18 It was while making those offerings that they found me quietly at my prayers in the Temple. There was no crowd, there was no disturbance. ESV 19 they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. MSG 19 It was some Jews from around Ephesus who started all this trouble. And you'll notice they're not here today. They're cowards, too cowardly to accuse me in front of you. ESV 20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, MSG 20 "So ask these others what crime they've caught me in. Don't let them hide behind this smooth-talking Tertullus. ESV 21 other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: 'It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.'" MSG 21 The only thing they have on me is that one sentence I shouted out in the council: 'It's because I believe in the resurrection that I've been hauled into this court!' Does that sound to you like grounds for a criminal case?" ESV 22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case." MSG 22 Felix shilly-shallied. He knew far more about the Way than he let on, and could have settled the case then and there. But uncertain of his best move politically, he played for time. "When Captain Lysias comes down, I'll decide your case." ESV 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs. MSG 23 He gave orders to the centurion to keep Paul in custody, but to more or less give him the run of the place and not prevent his friends from helping him. ESV 24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. MSG 24 A few days later Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul and listened to him talk about a life of believing in Jesus Christ. ESV 25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you." MSG 25 As Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things getting a little too close for comfort and dismissed him. "That's enough for today. I'll call you back when it's convenient." 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. MSG 26 At the same time he was secretly hoping that Paul would offer him a substantial bribe. These conversations were repeated frequently. ESV 27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. MSG 27 After two years of this, Felix was replaced by Porcius Festus. Still playing up to the Jews and ignoring justice, Felix left Paul in prison.

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