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Acts 23:16 Acts 24:27

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.


(2) Accused by the Jews' Advocate

1 And after five days the high priest aAnanias came down with some elders and a certain 1orator, Tertullus; and they gave their information against Paul to the bgovernor.

2 And when Paul was called, Tertullus began to accuse him saying, 1Since we have obtained much peace through you, and since reforms are being carried out for this nation through your forethought

3 Both in every way and everywhere, we welcome it, most aexcellent bFelix, with all thankfulness.

4 But that I may not detain you further, I entreat you to hear us briefly in your forbearance.

5 For we have found this man a pest and an aagitator of binsurrections among all the Jews throughout the inhabited earth and a ringleader of the csect of the dNazarenes,

6 Who has also tried to aprofane the temple. Him also we laid hold of 1and wanted to judge according to our law,

7 But Lysias the commander came by and with much force took him away from our hands

8 And ordered his accusers to come to you. When you have examined this man yourself concerning all these things, you will be able to aascertain from him the things which we accuse him of.

9 And the Jews also joined in the attack, affirming that these things were so.

(3) Defending Himself before Felix

10 And when the governor nodded for him to speak, Paul answered: Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I gladly make my 1adefense for the things concerning myself,

11 Since you can realize that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to aworship in bJerusalem.

12 And aneither in the btemple did they find me disputing with anyone nor stirring up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor throughout the city.

13 aNeither are they able to prove to you the things which they now accuse me of.

14 But I confess this to you, that according to the 1aWay, which they call a bsect, so I 2cserve the dGod of our fathers, believing all the things that are written in the eLaw and in the Prophets;

15 Having ahope toward God, which these themselves also look for, that there is to be a 1resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.

16 Because of this I also aexercise myself to always have a 1bconscience without offense toward God and men.

17 Now after amany years I came bringing balms to my cnation and offerings;

18 In which they found me 1purified in the temple, with no crowd or uproar. But certain Jews from aAsia,

19 Who should have been present before you and made aaccusation if they had anything against me --

20 Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the aSanhedrin,

21 Other than concerning this one sound which I cried out while standing among them, Concerning the aresurrection of the dead I am being judged today before you.

(4) Kept in the Custody
of the Unjust and Corrupt Roman Politician

22 But Felix, knowing more accurately the things concerning the aWay, deferred them, saying, When Lysias the bcommander comes down, I will determine your affairs.

23 And he directed the centurion to akeep him in custody, and that he should have some bliberty and that no one should prevent his own people from attending to him.

24 But after some days, Felix arrived with 1Drusilla his wife, who was a Jewess, and he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the afaith in Christ Jesus.

25 And as he was 1reasoning concerning 2arighteousness and bself-control and the cjudgment to come, Felix became afraid and answered, Go for the present, and when I have an opportunity, I dwill call for you;

26 Hoping at the same time also that 1amoney would be given to him by Paul. Therefore he also sent for him more frequently and conversed with him.

27 And when 1two years were completed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius 2aFestus; and wanting to 3gain bfavor with the Jews, Felix cleft Paul dbound.