Bible: Acts 24:1-25:12

The Accusations Against Paul

24:1 After five days the high priest Ananias 1  came down with some elders and an attorney 2  named 3  Tertullus, and they 4  brought formal charges 5  against Paul to the governor. 24:2 When Paul 6  had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, 7  saying, “We have experienced a lengthy time 8  of peace through your rule, 9  and reforms 10  are being made in this nation 11  through your foresight. 12  24:3 Most excellent Felix, 13  we acknowledge this everywhere and in every way 14  with all gratitude. 15  24:4 But so that I may not delay 16  you any further, I beg 17  you to hear us briefly 18  with your customary graciousness. 19  24:5 For we have found 20  this man to be a troublemaker, 21  one who stirs up riots 22  among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader 23  of the sect of the Nazarenes. 24  24:6 He 25  even tried to desecrate 26  the temple, so we arrested 27  him. 24:7 [[EMPTY]] 28  24:8 When you examine 29  him yourself, you will be able to learn from him 30  about all these things we are accusing him of doing.” 31  24:9 The Jews also joined in the verbal attack, 32  claiming 33  that these things were true.

Paul’s Defense Before Felix

24:10 When the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, “Because I know 34  that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense. 35  24:11 As you can verify 36  for yourself, not more than twelve days ago 37  I went up to Jerusalem 38  to worship. 24:12 They did not find me arguing 39  with anyone or stirring up a crowd 40  in the temple courts 41  or in the synagogues 42  or throughout the city, 43  24:13 nor can they prove 44  to you the things 45  they are accusing me of doing. 46  24:14 But I confess this to you, that I worship 47  the God of our ancestors 48  according to the Way (which they call a sect), believing everything that is according to the law 49  and that is written in the prophets. 24:15 I have 50  a hope in God (a hope 51  that 52  these men 53  themselves accept too) that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 54  24:16 This is the reason 55  I do my best to always 56  have a clear 57  conscience toward God and toward people. 58  24:17 After several years 59  I came to bring to my people gifts for the poor 60  and to present offerings, 61  24:18 which I was doing when they found me in the temple, ritually purified, 62  without a crowd or a disturbance. 63  24:19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia 64  who should be here before you and bring charges, 65  if they have anything against me. 24:20 Or these men here 66  should tell what crime 67  they found me guilty of 68  when I stood before the council, 69  24:21 other than 70  this one thing 71  I shouted out while I stood before 72  them: ‘I am on trial before you today concerning the resurrection of the dead.’ 73 

24:22 Then Felix, 74  who understood the facts 75  concerning the Way 76  more accurately, 77  adjourned their hearing, 78  saying, “When Lysias the commanding officer comes down, I will decide your case.” 79  24:23 He ordered the centurion 80  to guard Paul, 81  but to let him have some freedom, 82  and not to prevent any of his friends 83  from meeting his needs. 84 

Paul Speaks Repeatedly to Felix

24:24 Some days later, when Felix 85  arrived with his wife Drusilla, 86  who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 87  about faith in Christ Jesus. 88  24:25 While Paul 89  was discussing 90  righteousness, self-control, 91  and the coming judgment, Felix 92  became 93  frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 94  I will send for you.” 24:26 At the same time he was also hoping that Paul would give him money, 95  and for this reason he sent for Paul 96  as often as possible 97  and talked 98  with him. 24:27 After two years 99  had passed, Porcius Festus 100  succeeded Felix, 101  and because he wanted to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. 102 

Paul Appeals to Caesar

25:1 Now 103  three days after Festus 104  arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 105  from Caesarea. 106  25:2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 107  of the Jews brought formal charges 108  against Paul to him. 25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 109  they urged Festus 110  to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 111  to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 112  replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 113  and he himself intended to go there 114  shortly. 25:5 So,” he said, “let your leaders 115  go down there 116  with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 117  they may bring charges 118  against him.”

25:6 After Festus 119  had stayed 120  not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 121  and the next day he sat 122  on the judgment seat 123  and ordered Paul to be brought. 25:7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 124  bringing many serious 125  charges that they were not able to prove. 126  25:8 Paul said in his defense, 127 I have committed no offense 128  against the Jewish law 129  or against the temple or against Caesar.” 130  25:9 But Festus, 131  wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 132  before me there on these charges? 133  25:10 Paul replied, 134 I am standing before Caesar’s 135  judgment seat, 136  where I should be tried. 137  I have done nothing wrong 138  to the Jews, as you also know very well. 139  25:11 If then I am in the wrong 140  and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 141  but if not one of their charges against me is true, 142  no one can hand me over to them. 143  I appeal to Caesar! 144  25:12 Then, after conferring with his council, 145  Festus 146  replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 147  to Caesar 148  you will go! 149 

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