23:1And Paul, fixing his eyes on the council, said, Brethren, I have walked in all good conscience with God unto this day.
23:2But the high priest Ananias ordered those standing by him to smite his mouth.
23:3Then Paul said to him, God will smite thee, whited wall. And *thou*, dost thou sit judging me according to the law, and breaking the law commandest me to be smitten?
23:4And those that stood by said, Dost thou rail against the high priest of God?
23:5And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evilly of the ruler of thy people.
23:6But Paul, knowing that the one part of them were of the Sadducees and the other of the Pharisees, cried out in the council, Brethren, *I* am a Pharisee, son of Pharisees: *I* am judged concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead.
23:7And when he had spoken this, there was a tumult of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was divided.
23:8For Sadducees say there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but Pharisees confess both of them.
23:9And there was a great clamour, and the scribes of the Pharisees' part rising up contended, saying, We find nothing evil in this man; and if a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel ...
23:10And a great tumult having arisen, the chiliarch, fearing lest Paul should have been torn in pieces by them, commanded the troop to come down and take him by force from the midst of them, and to bring him into the fortress.
23:11But the following night the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good courage; for as thou hast testified the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so thou must bear witness at Rome also.
23:12And when it was day, the Jews, having banded together, put themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they should kill Paul.
23:13And they were more than forty who had joined together in this oath;
23:14and they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have cursed ourselves with a curse to taste nothing until we kill Paul.
23:15Now therefore do ye with the council make a representation to the chiliarch so that he may bring him down to you, as about to determine more precisely what concerns him, and we, before he draws near, are ready to kill him.
23:16But Paul's sister's son, having heard of the lying in wait, came and entered into the fortress and reported it to Paul.
23:17And Paul, having called one of the centurions, said, Take this youth to the chiliarch, for he has something to report to him.
23:18He therefore, having taken him with him, led him to the chiliarch, and says, The prisoner Paul called me to him and asked me to lead this youth to thee, who has something to say to thee.
23:19And the chiliarch having taken him by the hand, and having gone apart in private, inquired, What is it that thou hast to report to me?
23:20And he said, The Jews have agreed together to make a request to thee, that thou mayest bring Paul down to-morrow into the council, as about to inquire something more precise concerning him.
23:21Do not thou then be persuaded by them, for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, who have put themselves under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they kill him; and now they are ready waiting the promise from thee.
23:22The chiliarch then dismissed the youth, commanding him, Utter to no one that thou hast represented these things to me.
23:23And having called to him certain two of the centurions, he said, Prepare two hundred soldiers that they may go as far as Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred light-armed footmen, for the third hour of the night.
23:24And he ordered them to provide beasts, that they might set Paul on them and carry him safe through to Felix the governor,
23:25having written a letter, couched in this form:
23:26Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix, greeting.
23:27This man, having been taken by the Jews, and being about to be killed by them, I came up with the military and took out of their hands, having learned that he was a Roman.
23:28And desiring to know the charge on which they accused him, I brought him down to their council;
23:29whom I found to be accused of questions of their law, but to have no charge laid against him making him worthy of death or of bonds.
23:30But having received information of a plot about to be put in execution against the man by the Jews, I have immediately sent him to thee, commanding also his accusers to say before thee the things that are against him. Farewell.
23:31The soldiers therefore, according to what was ordered them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris,
23:32and on the morrow, having left the horsemen to go with him, returned to the fortress.
23:33And these, having entered into Caesarea, and given up the letter to the governor, presented Paul also to him.
23:34And having read it, and asked of what eparchy he was, and learned that he was of Cilicia,
23:35he said, I will hear thee fully when thine accusers also are arrived. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's praetorium.
24:1And after five days came down the high priest Ananias, with the elders, and a certain orator called Tertullus, and laid their informations against Paul before the governor.
24:2And he having been called, Tertullus began to accuse, saying, Seeing we enjoy great peace through thee, and that excellent measures are executed for this nation by thy forethought,
24:3we receive it always and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
24:4But that I may not too much intrude on thy time, I beseech thee to hear us briefly in thy kindness.
24:6who also attempted to profane the temple; whom we also had seized, and would have judged according to our law;
24:7but Lysias, the chiliarch, coming up, took him away with great force out of our hands,
24:8having commanded his accusers to come to thee; of whom thou canst thyself, in examining him, know the certainty of all these things of which we accuse him.
24:9And the Jews also joined in pressing the matter against Paul, saying that these things were so.
24:10But Paul, the governor having beckoned to him to speak, answered, Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge to this nation, I answer readily as to the things which concern myself.
24:11As thou mayest know that there are not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem,
24:12and neither in the temple did they find me discoursing to any one, or making any tumultuous gathering together of the crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city;
24:13neither can they make good the things of which they now accuse me.
24:14But this I avow to thee, that in the way which they call sect, so I serve my fathers' God, believing all things which are written throughout the law, and in the prophets;
24:15having hope towards God, which they themselves also receive, that there is to be a resurrection both of just and unjust.
24:16For this cause I also exercise myself to have in everything a conscience without offence towards God and men.
24:17And after a lapse of many years I arrived, bringing alms to my nation, and offerings.
24:18Whereupon they found me purified in the temple, with neither crowd nor tumult. But it was certain Jews from Asia,
24:19who ought to appear before thee and accuse, if they have anything against me;
24:20or let these themselves say what wrong they found in me when I stood before the council,
24:21other than concerning this one voice which I cried standing amongst them: I am judged this day by you touching the resurrection of the dead.
24:22And Felix, knowing accurately the things concerning the way, adjourned them, saying, When Lysias the chiliarch is come down I will determine your affair;
24:23ordering the centurion to keep him, and that he should have freedom, and to hinder none of his friends to minister to him.
24:24And after certain days, Felix having arrived with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
24:25And as he reasoned concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment about to come, Felix, being filled with fear, answered, Go for the present, and when I get an opportunity I will send for thee;
24:26hoping at the same time that money would be given him by Paul: wherefore also he sent for him the oftener and communed with him.
24:27But when two years were completed, Felix was relieved by Porcius Festus as his successor; and Felix, desirous to oblige the Jews, to acquire their favour, left Paul bound.
25:1Festus therefore, being come into the eparchy, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
25:2And the chief priests and the chief of the Jews laid informations before him against Paul, and besought him,
25:3asking as a grace against him that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying people in wait to kill him on the way.
25:4Festus therefore answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to set out shortly.
25:5Let therefore the persons of authority among you, says he, going down too, if there be anything in this man, accuse him.
25:6And having remained among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and on the next day, having sat down on the judgment-seat, commanded Paul to be brought.
25:7And when he was come, the Jews who were come down from Jerusalem stood round, bringing many and grievous charges which they were not able to prove:
25:8Paul answering for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I offended in anything.
25:9But Festus, desirous of obliging the Jews, to acquire their favour, answering Paul, said, Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be judged before me concerning these things?
25:10But Paul said, I am standing before the judgment-seat of Caesar, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews have I done no wrong, as *thou* also very well knowest.
25:11If then I have done any wrong and committed anything worthy of death, I do not deprecate dying; but if there is nothing of those things of which they accuse me, no man can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.
25:12Then Festus, having conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast appealed to Caesar. To Caesar shalt thou go.
25:13And when certain days had elapsed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to salute Festus.
25:14And when they had spent many days there, Festus laid before the king the matters relating to Paul, saying, There is a certain man left prisoner by Felix,
25:15concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid informations, requiring judgment against him:
25:16to whom I answered, It is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man before that the accused have the accusers face to face, and he have got opportunity of defence touching the charge.
25:17When therefore they had come together here, without putting it off, I sat the next day on the judgment-seat and commanded the man to be brought:
25:18concerning whom the accusers, standing up, brought no such accusation of guilt as *I* supposed;
25:19but had against him certain questions of their own system of worship, and concerning a certain Jesus who is dead, whom Paul affirmed to be living.
25:20And as I myself was at a loss as to an inquiry into these things, I said, Was he willing to go to Jerusalem and there to be judged concerning these things?
25:21But Paul having appealed to be kept for the cognisance of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I shall send him to Caesar.
25:22And Agrippa said to Festus, I myself also would desire to hear the man. To-morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
25:23On the morrow therefore, Agrippa being come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and having entered into the hall of audience, with the chiliarchs and the men of distinction of the city, and Festus having given command, Paul was brought.
25:24And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, ye see this person, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews applied to me both in Jerusalem and here, crying out against him that he ought not to live any longer.
25:25But I, having found that he had done nothing worthy of death, and this man himself having appealed to Augustus, I have decided to send him;
25:26concerning whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord. Wherefore I have brought him before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, so that an examination having been gone into I may have something to write:
25:27for it seems to me senseless, sending a prisoner, not also to signify the charges against him.