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Paul before Felix

1 After afive days the high priest bAnanias came down with some elders, Iwith an IIattorney [named] Tertullus, and they IIIbrought charges to cthe governor against Paul. 2 After [Paul] had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying [to the governor],

¶ “Since we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation, 3 we acknowledge [this] in every way and everywhere, amost excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 But, that I may not weary you any further, I beg you Ito grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing. 5 For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout Ithe world, and a ringleader of the asect of the Nazarenes. 6 And he even tried to adesecrate the temple; and Ithen we arrested him. [[IIWe wanted to judge him according to our own Law. 7 But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands, 8 ordering his accusers to come before you.]] By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him.” 9 aThe Jews also joined in the attack, asserting that these things were so.

[1] ILit and IILit orator IIIOr presented their evidence or case aAc 24:11 bAc 23:2 cAc 23:24
[3] aAc 23:26; 26:25
[4] ILit to hear...briefly
[5] ILit the inhabited earth aAc 15:5; 24:14
[6] ILit also IIThe early mss do not contain the remainder of v 6, v 7, nor the first part of v 8 aAc 21:28
[9] a1Th 2:16

10 ¶ When athe governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded:

¶ “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense, 11 since you can take note of the fact that no more than atwelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 aNeither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city [itself] did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyone or bcausing Ia riot. 13 aNor can they prove to you [the charges] of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I admit to you, that according to athe Way which they call a bsect I do serve Icthe God of our fathers, dbelieving everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets; 15 having a hope in God, which athese men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 In view of this, aI also Ido my best to maintain always a blameless conscience [both] before God and before men. 17 Now aafter several years I bcame to bring Ialms to my nation and to present offerings; 18 in which they found me [occupied] in the temple, having been apurified, without [any] bcrowd or uproar. But [there were] some cJews from IAsia19 who ought to have been present before you and to amake accusation, if they should have anything against me. 20 Or else let these men themselves tell what misdeed they found when I stood before athe ICouncil, 21 other than for this one statement which aI shouted out while standing among them, ‘For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.’”

[10] aAc 23:24
[11] aAc 21:18, 27; 24:1
[12] ILit an attack of a mob aAc 25:8 bAc 24:18
[13] aAc 25:7
[14] ILit the ancestral God aAc 9:2; 24:22 bAc 15:5; 24:5 cAc 3:13 dAc 25:8; 26:4ff, 22f; 28:23
[15] aDn 12:2; Jn 5:28f; 11:24; Ac 23:6
[16] ILit practice myself aAc 23:1
[17] IOr gifts to charity aAc 20:31 bAc 11:29f; Ro 15:25-28; 1Co 16:1-4; 2Co 8:1-4; 9:1, 2, 12; Ga 2:10
[18] II.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aAc 21:26 bAc 24:12 cAc 21:27
[19] aAc 23:30
[20] IOr Sanhedrin aMt 5:22
[21] aAc 23:6; 24:15

22 ¶ But Felix, Ihaving a more exact knowledge about athe Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the IIcommander comes down, I will decide your case.” 23 Then he gave orders to the centurion for him to be akept in custody and [yet] bhave [some] freedom, and not to prevent any of chis friends from ministering to him.

[22] ILit knowing more accurately III.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troops aAc 24:14
[23] aAc 23:35 bAc 28:16 cAc 23:16; 27:3

24 ¶ But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his Iwife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him [speak] about afaith in Christ Jesus. 25 But as he was discussing arighteousness, bself-control and cthe judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.” 26 At the same time too, he was hoping that amoney would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him. 27 But after two years had passed, Felix Iwas succeeded by Porcius aFestus, and bwishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul cimprisoned.

[24] ILit own wife aAc 20:21
[25] aTit 2:12 bGa 5:23; Tit 1:8; 2P 1:6 cAc 10:42
[26] aAc 24:17
[27] ILit received a successor, Porcius Festus aAc 25:1, 4, 9, 12; 26:24f, 32 bAc 12:3; 25:9 cAc 23:35; 25:14


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Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,

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 thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3 We accept [it] always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 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 [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 hath 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 thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

[1] Ps 11:2; Is 3:3; Ac 12:21; 21:27; 23:2, 30, 35; 24:11; 25:2, 15; 1Co 2:1, 4.
[2] Ps 10:3; 12:2; Pv 26:28; 29:5; Ac 21:38; 24:26; Jde 1:16.
[3] Lk 1:3; Ac 23:26; 26:25.
[4] He 11:32.
[5] 1S 22:7; 1K 18:17; Ezr 4:12; Ne 6:5; Es 3:8; Jr 38:4; Am 7:10; Mt 2:23; 5:11; 10:25; Lk 23:2, 5, 19, 25; Ac 5:17; 6:13; 15:5; 16:20; 17:6; 21:28; 22:22; 24:14; 26:5; 28:22; 1Co 4:13; 11:19; 1P 2:12, 19.
[6] Jn 18:31; 19:7; Ac 19:37; 21:27, 30; 22:23; 23:10; 24:12.
[7] Pv 4:16; Ac 21:31, 35; 23:10, 23.
[8] Ac 23:30, 35; 24:19; 25:5, 15.
[9] Ps 4:2; 62:3; 64:2; Is 59:4; Jr 9:3; Ezk 22:27; Mi 6:12; 7:2; Mt 26:59; Jn 8:44; Ac 6:11.

answereth for his life and doctrine.

10 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 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for 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 whereof they now accuse me. 14 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 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 herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men. 17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. 19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought 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 voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. 22 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 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.

[10] 1S 2:25; Lk 12:14; 18:2; Ac 12:17; 13:16; 18:15; 19:33; 21:40; 26:1; 1P 3:15.
[11] Ac 21:18, 26, 27; 22:30; 23:11, 23, 32; 24:1, 17.
[12] Ac 24:5; 25:8; 28:17.
[13] Ac 25:7; 1P 3:16.
[14] Ex 3:15; 1Ch 29:18; Ps 119:46; Am 8:14; Mi 4:2; Mt 7:12; 10:32; 22:40; Lk 1:70; 16:16, 29; 24:27, 44; Jn 1:45; 5:39; Ac 3:13, 22; 5:30; 7:32; 9:2; 10:43; 13:15; 19:9, 23; 22:14; 24:5; 26:22, 27; 28:23; Ro 3:21; 1Co 11:19; Ga 5:20; 2Ti 1:3; Tit 3:10; 1P 1:11; 2P 2:1, 2; Rv 19:10.
[15] Jb 19:25; Dn 12:2; Mt 22:31; Jn 5:28; Ac 23:6; 24:21; 26:6; 28:20; 1Co 15:12; Php 3:21; 1Th 4:14; Rv 20:6, 12.
[16] Ac 23:1; Ro 2:15; 9:1; 1Co 4:4; 2Co 1:12; 4:2; 1Th 2:10; 1Ti 1:5, 19; 3:9; 2Ti 1:3; Tit 1:15; 2:11; He 9:14; 10:22; 13:18; 1P 2:19; 3:16, 21.
[17] Ac 11:29; 20:16; 21:26; Ro 15:25; 1Co 16:1; 2Co 8:9; Ga 2:10.
[18] Ac 21:26; 26:21.
[19] Ac 23:30; 25:16.
[21] Ac 4:2; 23:6; 26:6; 28:20.
[22] Dt 19:18; Ac 18:20; 24:7, 10, 24; 25:26; 26:3.
[23] Pv 16:7; Ac 21:8; 24:26; 27:3; 28:16, 31.

He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.

24 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 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.

[24] Mk 6:20; Lk 19:3; 23:8; Ac 16:31; 20:21; 26:22; Ga 2:16, 20; 3:2; 1Jn 5:1; Jde 1:3; Rv 14:12.
[25] 1S 12:7; 2S 23:3; 1K 21:27; 22:26; 2K 22:19; Ezr 10:3, 9; Jb 29:14; Ps 11:7; 45:7; 50:3; 58:1; 72:2; 82:1; 99:1; 119:120; Pv 1:24; 6:4; 16:12; 31:3; Ec 3:16, 17; 5:8; 10:16; 11:9; 12:14; Is 1:18, 21; 16:5; 28:6; 32:11; 41:21; 55:6; 61:8; 66:2; Jr 22:3, 15; 23:29; 37:17; 38:14; Ezk 45:9; Dn 4:27; 5:1, 30; 12:2; Ho 7:5; 10:4, 12; Am 5:24; 6:12; Hab 3:16; Hg 1:2; Mt 14:5; 22:5; 25:1, 31; Mk 6:18; Lk 13:24; 17:26; Jn 16:8; Ac 2:37; 9:6; 10:42; 16:29, 30; 17:2, 13, 32; 24:15, 26; 26:28; Ro 2:16; 3:19; 12:1; 14:12; 1Co 4:5; 14:24; 2Co 5:10; 6:2; Ga 3:22; 5:23; 2Th 1:7; 2Ti 4:1; Tit 2:11; He 3:7, 13; 4:1, 11, 12; 6:2; 9:27; 12:21; Jm 2:19; 4:13; 1P 3:15; 4:4, 5; 2P 1:6; 1Jn 3:7, 10; Rv 20:11.

The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.

26 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.

[26] Ex 23:8; Dt 16:19; 1S 8:3; 12:3; 2Ch 19:7; Jb 15:34; Ps 26:9; Pv 17:8, 23; 19:6; 29:4; Is 1:23; 33:15; 56:11; Ezk 22:27; 33:31; Ho 4:18; 12:7; Am 2:6; Mi 3:11; 7:3; Ac 24:2, 24; 1Co 6:9; Ep 5:5; 1Ti 6:9; 2P 2:3, 14.

At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

[27] Ex 23:2; Pv 29:25; Mk 15:15; Lk 23:24; Ac 12:3; 25:1, 9, 14; 26:24, 32; 28:30; Ga 1:10.


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