Bible: Acts 23:23-35

23:23 Then 1  he summoned 2  two of the centurions 3  and said, “Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea 4  along with seventy horsemen 5  and two hundred spearmen 6  by 7  nine o’clock tonight, 8  23:24 and provide mounts for Paul to ride 9  so that he may be brought safely to Felix 10  the governor.” 11  23:25 He wrote 12  a letter that went like this: 13 

23:26 Claudius Lysias to His Excellency Governor 14  Felix, 15  greetings. 23:27 This man was seized 16  by the Jews and they were about to kill him, 17  when I came up 18  with the detachment 19  and rescued him, because I had learned that he was 20  a Roman citizen. 21  23:28 Since I wanted to know 22  what charge they were accusing him of, 23  I brought him down to their council. 24  23:29 I found he 25  was accused with reference to controversial questions 26  about their law, but no charge against him deserved death or imprisonment. 27  23:30 When I was informed 28  there would be a plot 29  against this man, I sent him to you at once, also ordering his accusers to state their charges 30  against him before you.

23:31 So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, 31  took 32  Paul and brought him to Antipatris 33  during the night. 23:32 The next day they let 34  the horsemen 35  go on with him, and they returned to the barracks. 36  23:33 When the horsemen 37  came to Caesarea 38  and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented 39  Paul to him. 23:34 When the governor 40  had read 41  the letter, 42  he asked 43  what province he was from. 44  When he learned 45  that he was from Cilicia, 46  23:35 he said, “I will give you a hearing 47  when your accusers arrive too.” Then 48  he ordered that Paul 49  be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. 50 

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