23:1And Paul having earnestly beheld the sanhedrim, said, `Men, brethren, I in all good conscience have lived to God unto this day;'
23:2and the chief priest Ananias commanded those standing by him to smite him on the mouth,
23:3then Paul said unto him, `God is about to smite thee, thou whitewashed wall, and thou -- thou dost sit judging me according to the law, and, violating law, dost order me to be smitten!'
23:4And those who stood by said, `The chief priest of God dost thou revile?'
23:5and Paul said, `I did not know, brethren, that he is chief priest: for it hath been written, Of the ruler of thy people thou shalt not speak evil;'
23:6and Paul having known that the one part are Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried out in the sanhedrim, `Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee -- son of a Pharisee -- concerning hope and rising again of dead men I am judged.'
23:7And he having spoken this, there came a dissension of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, and the crowd was divided,
23:8for Sadducees, indeed, say there is no rising again, nor messenger, nor spirit, but Pharisees confess both.
23:9And there came a great cry, and the scribes of the Pharisees' part having arisen, were striving, saying, `No evil do we find in this man; and if a spirit spake to him, or a messenger, we may not fight against God;'
23:10and a great dissension having come, the chief captain having been afraid lest Paul may be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiery, having gone down, to take him by force out of the midst of them, and to bring him to the castle.
23:11And on the following night, the Lord having stood by him, said, `Take courage, Paul, for as thou didst fully testify the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so it behoveth thee also at Rome to testify.'
23:12And day having come, certain of the Jews having made a concourse, did anathematize themselves, saying neither to eat nor to drink till they may kill Paul;
23:13and they were more than forty who made this conspiracy by oath,
23:14who having come near to the chief priests and to the elders said, `With an anathema we did anathematize ourselves -- to taste nothing till we have killed Paul;
23:15now, therefore, ye, signify ye to the chief captain, with the sanhedrim, that to-morrow he may bring him down unto you, as being about to know more exactly the things concerning him; and we, before his coming nigh, are ready to put him to death.'
23:16And the son of Paul's sister having heard of the lying in wait, having gone and entered into the castle, told Paul,
23:17and Paul having called near one of the centurions, said, `This young man lead unto the chief captain, for he hath something to tell him.'
23:18He indeed, then, having taken him, brought him unto the chief captain, and saith, `The prisoner Paul, having called me near, asked me this young man to bring unto thee, having something to say to thee.'
23:19And the chief captain having taken him by the hand, and having withdrawn by themselves, inquired, `What is that which thou hast to tell me?'
23:20and he said -- `The Jews agreed to request thee, that to-morrow to the sanhedrim thou mayest bring down Paul, as being about to enquire something more exactly concerning him;
23:21thou, therefore, mayest thou not yield to them, for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, who did anathematize themselves -- not to eat nor to drink till they kill him, and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from thee.'
23:22The chief captain, then, indeed, let the young man go, having charged him to tell no one, `that these things thou didst shew unto me;'
23:23and having called near a certain two of the centurions, he said, `Make ready soldiers two hundred, that they may go on unto Caesarea, and horsemen seventy, and spearmen two hundred, from the third hour of the night;
23:24beasts also provide, that, having set Paul on, they may bring him safe unto Felix the governor;'
23:25he having written a letter after this description:
23:26`Claudius Lysias, to the most noble governor Felix, hail:
23:27This man having been taken by the Jews, and being about to be killed by them -- having come with the soldiery, I rescued him, having learned that he is a Roman;
23:28and, intending to know the cause for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their sanhedrim,
23:29whom I found accused concerning questions of their law, and having no accusation worthy of death or bonds;
23:30and a plot having been intimated to me against this man -- about to be of the Jews -- at once I sent unto thee, having given command also to the accusers to say the things against him before thee; be strong.'
23:31Then, indeed, the soldiers according to that directed them, having taken up Paul, brought him through the night to Antipatris,
23:32and on the morrow, having suffered the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to the castle;
23:33those having entered into Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, did present also Paul to him.
23:34And the governor having read it, and inquired of what province he is, and understood that he is from Cilicia;
23:35`I will hear thee -- said he -- when thine accusers also may have come;' he also commanded him to be kept in the praetorium of Herod.
24:1And after five days came down the chief priest Ananias, with the elders, and a certain orator -- Tertullus, and they made manifest to the governor the things against Paul;
24:2and he having been called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, `Much peace enjoying through thee, and worthy deeds being done to this nation through thy forethought,
24:3always, also, and everywhere we receive it, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness;
24:4and that I may not be further tedious to thee, I pray thee to hear us concisely in thy gentleness;
24:5for having found this man a pestilence, and moving a dissension to all the Jews through the world -- a ringleader also of the sect of the Nazarenes --
24:6who also the temple did try to profane, whom also we took, and according to our law did wish to judge,
24:7and Lysias the chief captain having come near, with much violence, out of our hands did take away,
24:8having commanded his accusers to come to thee, from whom thou mayest be able, thyself having examined, to know concerning all these things of which we accuse him;'
24:9and the Jews also agreed, professing these things to be so.
24:10And Paul answered -- the governor having beckoned to him to speak -- `Knowing that for many years thou hast been a judge to this nation, the more cheerfully the things concerning myself I do answer;
24:11thou being able to know that it is not more than twelve days to me since I went up to worship in Jerusalem,
24:12and neither in the temple did they find me reasoning with any one, or making a dissension of the multitude, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city;
24:13nor are they able to prove against me the things concerning which they now accuse me.
24:14`And I confess this to thee, that, according to the way that they call a sect, so serve I the God of the fathers, believing all things that in the law and the prophets have been written,
24:15having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, that there is about to be a rising again of the dead, both of righteous and unrighteous;
24:16and in this I do exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.
24:17`And after many years I came, about to do kind acts to my nation, and offerings,
24:18in which certain Jews from Asia did find me purified in the temple, not with multitude, nor with tumult,
24:19whom it behoveth to be present before thee, and to accuse, if they had anything against me,
24:20or let these same say if they found any unrighteousness in me in my standing before the sanhedrim,
24:21except concerning this one voice, in which I cried, standing among them -- Concerning a rising again of the dead I am judged to-day by you.'
24:22And having heard these things, Felix delayed them -- having known more exactly of the things concerning the way -- saying, `When Lysias the chief captain may come down, I will know fully the things concerning you;'
24:23having given also a direction to the centurion to keep Paul, to let him also have liberty, and to forbid none of his own friends to minister or to come near to him.
24:24And after certain days, Felix having come with Drusilla his wife, being a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith toward Christ,
24:25and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, `For the present be going, and having got time, I will call for thee;'
24:26and at the same time also hoping that money shall be given to him by Paul, that he may release him, therefore, also sending for him the oftener, he was conversing with him;
24:27and two years having been fulfilled, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus; Felix also willing to lay a favour on the Jews, left Paul bound.
25:1Festus, therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea,
25:2and the chief priest and the principal men of the Jews made manifest to him the things against Paul, and were calling on him,
25:3asking favour against him, that he may send for him to Jerusalem, making an ambush to put him to death in the way.
25:4Then, indeed, Festus answered that Paul is kept in Caesarea, and himself is about speedily to go on thither,
25:5`Therefore those able among you -- saith he -- having come down together, if there be anything in this man -- let them accuse him;'
25:6and having tarried among them more than ten days, having gone down to Caesarea, on the morrow having sat upon the tribunal, he commanded Paul to be brought;
25:7and he having come, there stood round about the Jews who have come down from Jerusalem -- many and weighty charges they are bringing against Paul, which they were not able to prove,
25:8he making defence -- `Neither in regard to the law of the Jews, nor in regard to the temple, nor in regard to Caesar -- did I commit any sin.'
25:9And Festus willing to lay on the Jews a favour, answering Paul, said, `Art thou willing, to Jerusalem having gone up, there concerning these things to be judged before me?'
25:10and Paul said, `At the tribunal of Caesar I am standing, where it behoveth me to be judged; to Jews I did no unrighteousness, as thou dost also very well know;
25:11for if indeed I am unrighteous, and anything worthy of death have done, I deprecate not to die; and if there is none of the things of which these accuse me, no one is able to make a favour of me to them; to Caesar I appeal!'
25:12then Festus, having communed with the council, answered, `To Caesar thou hast appealed; to Caesar thou shalt go.'
25:13And certain days having passed, Agrippa the king, and Bernice, came down to Caesarea saluting Festus,
25:14and as they were continuing there more days, Festus submitted to the king the things concerning Paul, saying, `There is a certain man, left by Felix, a prisoner,
25:15about whom, in my being at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid information, asking a decision against him,
25:16unto whom I answered, that it is not a custom of Romans to make a favour of any man to die, before that he who is accused may have the accusers face to face, and may receive place of defence in regard to the charge laid against him.
25:17`They, therefore, having come together -- I, making no delay, on the succeeding day having sat upon the tribunal, did command the man to be brought,
25:18concerning whom the accusers, having stood up, were bringing against him no accusation of the things I was thinking of,
25:19but certain questions concerning their own religion they had against him, and concerning a certain Jesus who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive;
25:20and I, doubting in regard to the question concerning this, said, If he would wish to go on to Jerusalem, and there to be judged concerning these things --
25:21but Paul having appealed to be kept to the hearing of Sebastus, I did command him to be kept till I might send him unto Caesar.'
25:22And Agrippa said unto Festus, `I was wishing also myself to hear the man;' and he said, `To-morrow thou shalt hear him;'
25:23on the morrow, therefore -- on the coming of Agrippa and Bernice with much display, and they having entered into the audience chamber, with the chief captains also, and the principal men of the city, and Festus having ordered -- Paul was brought forth.
25:24And Festus said, `King Agrippa, and all men who are present with us, ye see this one, about whom all the multitude of the Jews did deal with me, both in Jerusalem and here, crying out, He ought not to live any longer;
25:25and I, having found him to have done nothing worthy of death, and he also himself having appealed to Sebastus, I decided to send him,
25:26concerning whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord, wherefore I brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, that the examination having been made, I may have something to write;
25:27for it doth seem to me irrational, sending a prisoner, not also to signify the charges against him.'