ACT.24:1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.
ACT.24:2 And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: “Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight,
ACT.24:3 “we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
ACT.24:4 “Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us.
ACT.24:5 “For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
ACT.24:6 “He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.
ACT.24:7 “But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,
ACT.24:8 “commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him.”
ACT.24:9 And the Jews also assented, maintaining that these things were so.
ACT.24:10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
ACT.24:11 “because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
ACT.24:12 “And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
ACT.24:13 “Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
ACT.24:14 “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
ACT.24:15 “I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
ACT.24:16 “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
ACT.24:17 “Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
ACT.24:18 “in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
ACT.24:19 “They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
ACT.24:20 “Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
ACT.24:21 “unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’”
ACT.24:22 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case.”
ACT.24:23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.
ACT.24:24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
ACT.24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
ACT.24:26 Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.
ACT.24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.