Bible: Acts 23:12-24

The Plot to Kill Paul

23:12 When morning came, 1  the Jews formed 2  a conspiracy 3  and bound themselves with an oath 4  not to eat or drink anything 5  until they had killed Paul. 23:13 There were more than forty of them who formed this conspiracy. 6  23:14 They 7  went 8  to the chief priests 9  and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves with a solemn oath 10  not to partake 11  of anything until we have killed Paul. 23:15 So now you and the council 12  request the commanding officer 13  to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 14  his case 15  by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 16  We are ready to kill him 17  before he comes near this place.” 18 

23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 19  he came and entered 20  the barracks 21  and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 22  one of the centurions 23  and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 24  for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 25  took him and brought him to the commanding officer 26  and said, “The prisoner Paul called 27  me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 28  took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 29  to report to me? 23:20 He replied, 30 The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 31  tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 32  because more than forty of them 33  are lying in ambush 34  for him. They 35  have bound themselves with an oath 36  not to eat or drink anything 37  until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 38  23:22 Then the commanding officer 39  sent the young man away, directing him, 40  “Tell no one that you have reported 41  these things to me.” 23:23 Then 42  he summoned 43  two of the centurions 44  and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 45  along with seventy horsemen 46  and two hundred spearmen 47  by 48  nine o’clock tonight, 49  23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 50  so that he may be brought safely to Felix 51  the governor.” 52 

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