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1 After five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with certain elders and an orator, one Tertullus. They informed the governor against Paul. And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
2 When he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by you we enjoy much peace, and that excellent measures are coming to this nation, And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 But, that I don't delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words. Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man to be a plague, an instigator of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
6 He even tried to profane the temple, and we arrested him. Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
8 By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him." Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
9 The Jews also joined in the attack, affirming that these things were so. And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
10 When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense, Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
11 seeing that you can recognize that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem. Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12 In the temple they didn't find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the synagogues, or in the city. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
13 Nor can they prove to you the things of which they now accuse me. Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess to you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after some years, I came to bring gifts for the needy to my nation, and offerings; Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18 amid which certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, not with a mob, nor with turmoil. Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 They ought to have been here before you, and to make accusation, if they had anything against me. Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these men themselves say what injustice they found in me when I stood before the council, Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 unless it is for this one thing that I cried standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged before you today!'" Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
22 But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, "When Lysias, the commanding officer, comes down, I will decide your case." And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
23 He ordered the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to visit him. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
24 But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus. And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25 As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will summon you." And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
26 Meanwhile, he also hoped that money would be given to him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore also he sent for him more often, and talked with him. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
27 But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds. But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,