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 

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