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Acts 23:16Acts 23:35

b. Transferred by the Commander to the Roman Governor Felix

(1) The Secrecy of the Transfer

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.