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THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER 23


1 And Paul, looking intently at the 1aSanhedrin, said, 2Men, brothers, I have conducted myself in all good 3bconscience before God until this day.

2 And the high priest aAnanias commanded those who stood by him to bstrike him on the mouth.

3 Then Paul 1said to him, God is going to strike you, you awhitewashed bwall. And do you sit to 2cjudge me according to the law, and contrary to the law you order me to be struck?

4 And those standing by said, Do you revile the ahigh priest of God?

5 And Paul said, I did not know, brothers, that he is the high priest; for it is written, a"You shall not bspeak evilly of the ruler of your people.''

6 And Paul, knowing that one part was 1aSadducees and the other 2Pharisees, 3cried out in the bSanhedrin, 4Men, brothers, I am a cPharisee, a son of Pharisees; concerning the dhope and eresurrection of the dead I am being 5judged!

7 And when he spoke this, a dissension took place between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the multitude was divided.

8 For the Sadducees say that there is ano resurrection, neither angel nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.

9 And there was a great outcry; and some of the ascribes of the Pharisees' party rose up and contended, saying, We find bnothing evil in this man. And what if a spirit has spoken to him, or an cangel?

10 And when much adissension had taken place, the 1commander, fearing that Paul might be torn to pieces by them, 2ordered the detachment of soldiers to go down and seize him from their midst and bring him into the bbarracks.


(6) Encouraged by the Lord
23:11


11 But in the anight 1following, the Lord 2bstood by him and said, Take ccourage, for as you have 3solemnly dtestified to the things concerning Me in Jerusalem, so also you must 4testify in 5Rome.


(7) The Plot of the Jews
23:12-15


12 And when it became day, the aJews formed a 1bplot and 2put themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had ckilled Paul.

13 And there were more than forty who swore to this conspiracy.

14 They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, 1We have bound ourselves with a curse to taste nothing until we kill Paul.

15 Now therefore you, with the Sanhedrin, notify the commander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to 1determine more accurately the things concerning him; and we, before he draws near, are ready to ado away with him.


b. Transferred by the Commander to the Roman Governor Felix
23:16--24:27

(1) The Secrecy of the Transfer
23:16-35

16 But the son of Paul's sister 1heard of the aambush, and he came and entered into the bbarracks and reported it to Paul.

17 And Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, Bring this young man to the acommander, for he has something to report to him.

18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, The aprisoner Paul called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you, because he has something to tell you.

19 And the commander took him by the hand and, withdrawing privately, inquired, What is it that you have to report to me?

20 And he said, The Jews have aagreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the bSanhedrin, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him.

21 So you should not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him; they have put themselves under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have adone away with him. And now they are ready, awaiting the promise from you.

22 So the commander dismissed the young man, charging him, Do not tell anyone that you have informed me of these things.

23 And he called to him a certain two of the centurions and said, Prepare two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, as well as seventy horsemen and two hundred 1spearmen, by the 2third hour of the night;

24 And they were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to 1aFelix the bgovernor.

25 And he wrote a letter having this form:

26 Claudius Lysias, to his aExcellency, Governor Felix, brejoice.

27 This man, having been aseized by the Jews and about to be bdone away with by them, I came upon with my detachment of soldiers and rescued, when I learned that he was a cRoman.

28 And intending to aascertain the cause for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their Sanhedrin,

29 And found him to be accused concerning aquestions of their blaw, but having nothing cworthy of death or of bonds laid to his charge.

30 And when it was adisclosed to me that there was a bplot against the man, I sent him at once to you, charging the caccusers also to speak the things against him before you.

31 So the soldiers, according to what they had been directed, took up Paul and brought him by night to 1Antipatris.

32 And on the next day, leaving the horsemen to depart with him, they returned to the abarracks.

33 And when they entered into aCaesarea and handed over the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also to him.

34 And when he had read it, he asked from what province he was; and learning that he was from aCilicia,

35 He said, I will hear your case fully when your aaccusers also arrive. And he ordered him to be guarded in Herod's 1bpraetorium.