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Acts

Chapter 24

1. 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. And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by your provision,
3. We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4. Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto you, I pray you that you would hear us in your kindness a few words.
5. 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. Who also has gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
8. Commanding his accusers to come unto you: by examining of whom you yourself may take knowledge of all these things, of which we accuse him.
9. And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
10. Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Since I know that you have been for many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
11. Because you may understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12. 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. Neither can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14. But this I confess unto you, 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. 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. And in this do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.
17. Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18. Then certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19. Who ought to have been here before you, and object, if they had anything against me.
20. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21. Except it be for this one thing, that I cried standing among them, Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
22. And when Felix heard these things, having more complete knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the rest of your matter.
23. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintances to minister or come unto him.
24. And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25. And as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you.
26. He hoped also that money should have been given him by Paul, that he might release him: therefore he sent for him often, and conferred with him.
27. But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' position: and Felix, willing to show the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.