Acts 24

1 Now after five days, the high-priest Ananias with the elders and an orator came-down, someone named Tertullus, who disclosed to the governor the charges against Paul. 2 Now having been called, Tertullus began to accuse Paul, saying, We are obtaining much peace through you and public-reforms are happening to this nation through your forethought. 3 We are accepting it both in all things and everywhere, with all thanksgiving, most-excellent Felix. 4 But in order that I may not hinder you on more-than this, I plead with you by your gentleness to hear us briefly. 5 For* we have found this man a plague, and he is moving this dissension to all the Jews throughout the inhabited-earth. And he is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes; 6 who also attempted to profane the temple; whom we also took-hold of. {T} And wished to be judged according to our law. 7 Now Lysias the commander passed by, with much violence, took Paul away out of our hands, 8 having commanded his accusers to come to you. From whom, you will be able, having examined him, to fully know concerning all these things of which we are accusing him. 9 But the Jews themselves banded together in the attack, thus claiming these things to hold truth. 10 Now after the governor signaled to him to speak, Paul answered, Having known you are a judge to this nation out of many years experience. I am cheerfully making my defense of these things concerning myself. 11 You surely are able to know that it is not more-than twelve days to me from which time I went-up to worship in Jerusalem; 12 and they did not find me reasoning angrily with anyone, or making* a hostile gathering of the crowd in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city, 13 nor are they able to present things concerning me , of which they are now accusing me. 14 But I confess this thing to you, that thus I am giving-divine service to the God of our forefathers according to The Way, which they call* a sect, believing all things which are according to the law and which have been written in the prophets. 15 I have hope toward God, which these themselves also wait for, that there is about to be a resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and unrighteous. 16 But I apply myself in this, having a guilt-free conscience always toward God and men. 17 Now throughout many years, I came doing charity and offerings to my nation; 18 in which they found me, having been purified in the temple, not with a crowd, nor with an uproar with some Jews from Asia. 19 It is essential for those to be here and to accuse me in front of you, if they have anything to accuse me. 20 Or let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood in front of the council, 21 or concerning this voice of which I cried out, standing among them. I am being judged by you* today concerning the resurrection of the dead.
22 But Felix, having heard these things and knowing more accurately concerning The Way, postponed judging them, and said, Whenever Lysias the commander comes-down, I will be investigating the things against you*. 23 And he himself commanded the centurion to guard Paul and for him to have relief and to forbid none of his own to attend or come near to him. 24 Now after some days, Felix came together with Drusilla, his wife, being a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 But while reasoning concerning righteousness and self-control and the future judgment which will be, Felix became fearful, and answered, Travel on now, and when I have taken the next opportunity, I myself will call you. 26 (While hoping at the same time that monies will be given to him by Paul, *that he might loose him.) Hence, he sent for him frequently, and was conversing with him. 27 But after two years were fulfilled, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus, and wishing to lay up favors for himself with the Jews, Felix left Paul bound.
{July, 61 AD. Paul's appearance before Festus.}

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