Bible: Acts 23:16-35
23:16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush, 1 he came and entered 2 the barracks 3 and told Paul. 23:17 Paul called 4 one of the centurions 5 and said, “Take this young man to the commanding officer, 6 for he has something to report to him.” 23:18 So the centurion 7 took him and brought him to the commanding officer 8 and said, “The prisoner Paul called 9 me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.” 23:19 The commanding officer 10 took him by the hand, withdrew privately, and asked, “What is it that you want 11 to report to me?” 23:20 He replied, 12 “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council 13 tomorrow, as if they were going to inquire more thoroughly about him. 23:21 So do not let them persuade you to do this, 14 because more than forty of them 15 are lying in ambush 16 for him. They 17 have bound themselves with an oath 18 not to eat or drink anything 19 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 20 23:22 Then the commanding officer 21 sent the young man away, directing him, 22 “Tell no one that you have reported 23 these things to me.” 23:23 Then 24 he summoned 25 two of the centurions 26 and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 27 along with seventy horsemen 28 and two hundred spearmen 29 by 30 nine o’clock tonight, 31 23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 32 so that he may be brought safely to Felix 33 the governor.” 34 23:25 He wrote 35 a letter that went like this: 36
23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 37 Felix, 38 greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 39 by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 40 when I came up 41 with the detachment 42 and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 43 a Roman citizen. 44 23:28 Since I wanted to know 45 what charge they were accusing him of, 46 I brought him down to their council. 47 23:29 I found he 48 was accused with reference to controversial questions 49 about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 50 23:30 When I was informed 51 there would be a plot 52 against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 53 against him before you.
23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 54 took 55 Paul and brought him to Antipatris 56 during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 57 the horsemen 58 go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 59 23:33 When the horsemen 60 came to Caesarea 61 and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 62 Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 63 had read 64 the letter, 65 he asked 66 what province he was from. 67 When he learned 68 that he was from Cilicia, 69 23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 70 when your accusers arrive too.” Then 71 he ordered that Paul 72 be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 73