24 1And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with certain
elders, and with an orator, one Tertullus; and they informed the
governor against Paul.
2And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse
him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy much peace, and that by the
providence evils are corrected for this nation,
3we accept it in all ways
and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
that I be not further tedious unto thee, I entreat thee to hear us of thy
clemency a few words.
5For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and
a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a
ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
6who moreover assayed to profane
the temple: on whom also we laid hold: and we would have judged him
according to our law.
7But the chief captain Lysias came, and
with great violence took him away out of our hands,
his accusers to come before thee. from whom thou wilt be able, by
examining him thyself, to take knowledge of all these things whereof we
9And the Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that these
things were so.
10And when the governor had beckoned unto him to speak,
Paul answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge
unto this nation, I cheerfully make my defense:
11Seeing that thou canst
take knowledge that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to
worship at Jerusalem:
12and neither in the temple did they find me
disputing with any man or stirring up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in
13Neither can they prove to thee the things whereof they now
14But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they
call a sect, so serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which
are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets;
hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a
resurrection both of the just and unjust.
16Herein I also exercise myself
to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.
after some years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings:
18amidst which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor
yet with tumult: but there were certain Jews from Asia--
ought to have been here before thee, and to make accusation, if they had
aught against me.
20Or else let these men themselves say what wrong-doing
they found when I stood before the council,
21except it be for this one
voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the
dead I am called in question before you this day.
22But Felix, having
more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, When Lysias
the chief captain shall come down, I will determine your matter.
gave order to the centurion that he should be kept in charge, and should have
indulgence; and not to forbid any of his friends to minister unto him.
24But after certain days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a
Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ
25And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the
judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this
time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.
hoped withal that money would be given him of Paul: wherefore also he sent
for him the oftener, and communed with him.
27But when two years were
fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and desiring to gain favor
with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds.