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Acts 24

Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,

Acts 24:1 And after five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with some ancients and one Tertullus, an orator, who went to the governor against Paul. Acts 24:2 And Paul being called for, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: Whereas, through thee we live in much peace and many things are rectified by thy providence, Acts 24:3 We accept it always and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thanksgiving. Acts 24:4 But that I be no further tedious to thee, I desire thee of thy clemency to hear us in a few words. Acts 24:5 We have found this to be a pestilent man and raising seditions among all the Jews throughout the world: and author of the sedition of the sect of the Nazarenes. Acts 24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom, we having apprehended, would also have judged according to our law. Acts 24:7 But Lysias the tribune, coming upon us with great violence, took him away out of our hands; Acts 24:8 Commanding his accusers to come to thee. Of whom thou mayest thyself, by examination, have knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him. Acts 24:9 And the Jews also added and said that these things were so.

answereth for his life and doctrine.

Acts 24:10 Then Paul answered (the governor making a sign to him to speak): Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge over this nation, I will with good courage answer for myself. Acts 24:11 For thou mayest understand that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to adore in Jerusalem: Acts 24:12 And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man or causing any concourse of the people: neither in the synagogues, nor in the city. Acts 24:13 Neither can they prove unto thee the things whereof they now accuse me. Acts 24:14 But this I confess to thee that according to the way which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets: Acts 24:15 Having hope in God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection of the just and unjust. Acts 24:16 And herein do I endeavour to have always a conscience without offence, towards God and towards men. Acts 24:17 Now after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation and offerings and vows. Acts 24:18 In which I was found purified in the temple: neither with multitude nor with tumult. Acts 24:19 But certain Jews of Asia, who ought to be present before thee and to accuse, if they had anything against me: Acts 24:20 Or let these men themselves say if they found in me any iniquity, when standing before the council, Acts 24:21 Except it be for this one voice only that I cried, standing among them: Concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you. Acts 24:22 And Felix put them off, having most certain knowledge of this way, saying: When Lysias the tribune shall come down, I will hear you. Acts 24:23 And he commanded a centurion to keep him: and that he should be easy and that he should not prohibit any of his friends to minister unto him.

He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.

Acts 24:24 And after some days, Felix, coming with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jew, sent for Paul and heard of him the faith that is in Christ Jesus. Acts 24:25 And as he treated of justice and chastity and of the judgment to come, Felix, being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but when I have a convenient time, I will send for thee.

The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.

Acts 24:26 Hoping also withal that money should be given him by Paul: for which cause also oftentimes sending for him, he spoke with him.

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

Acts 24:27 But when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

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