1Five days later Ananias the high priest went down to Caesarea. Some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus went with him. They brought their charges against Paul to the governor.2So Paul was called in. Tertullus began to bring the charges against Paul. He said to Felix, ‘We have enjoyed a long time of peace while you have been ruling. You are a wise leader. You have made this a better nation.3Most excellent Felix, we gladly admit this everywhere and in every way. And we are very thankful.4I don’t want to bother you. But would you be kind enough to listen to us for a short time?5‘We have found that Paul is a troublemaker. This man stirs up trouble among Jews all over the world. He is a leader of those who follow Jesus of Nazareth.6-7He even tried to make our temple impure. So we arrested him.8Question him yourself. Then you will learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.’9The other Jews said the same thing. They agreed that the charges were true.10The governor motioned for Paul to speak. Paul said, ‘I know that you have been a judge over this nation for quite a few years. So I am glad to explain my actions to you.11About 12 days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. You can easily check on this.12Those bringing charges against me did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple. I wasn’t stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.13They can’t prove to you any of the charges they are making against me.14It is true that I worship the God of our people. I am a follower of the Way of Jesus. Those bringing charges against me call it a cult. I believe everything that is in keeping with the Law. I believe everything that is in keeping with what is written in the Prophets.15I have the same hope in God that these men themselves have. I believe that both the godly and the ungodly will rise from the dead.16So I always try not to do anything wrong in the eyes of God or in the eyes of people.17‘I was away for several years. Then I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for those who were poor. I also came to offer sacrifices.18They found me doing this in the temple courtyard. I had already been made pure and “clean” in the usual way. There was no crowd with me. I didn’t stir up any trouble.19But there are some other Jews who should be here in front of you. They are from Asia Minor. They should bring charges if they have anything against me.20Let the Jews who are here tell you what crime I am guilty of. After all, I was put on trial by the Sanhedrin.21Perhaps they blame me for what I said when I was on trial. I shouted, “I believe that people will rise from the dead. That is why I am on trial here today.” ’22Felix knew all about the Way of Jesus. So he put off the trial for the time being. ‘Lysias the commanding officer will come,’ he said. ‘Then I will decide your case.’23He ordered the commander to keep Paul under guard. He told him to give Paul some freedom. He also told him to allow Paul’s friends to take care of his needs.24Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla. She was a Jew. Felix sent for Paul and listened to him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.25Paul talked about how to live a godly life. He talked about how people should control themselves. He also talked about the time when God will judge everyone. Then Felix became afraid. ‘That’s enough for now!’ he said. ‘You may leave. When I find the time, I will send for you.’26He was hoping that Paul would offer him some money to let him go. So he often sent for Paul and talked with him.27Two years passed. Porcius Festus took the place of Felix. But Felix wanted to do the Jews a favour. So he left Paul in prison.
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Paul Before Felix at Caesarea
1And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. (Ac 21:18; Ac 21:27; Ac 23:2; Ac 23:24; Ac 24:11)2And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, (Lu 1:3; Ac 23:26)3in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.4But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly.5For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. (Lu 23:2; Ac 5:17; Ac 15:5; Ac 24:14; Ac 26:5; Ac 28:22)6He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. (Ac 21:27)8By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”9The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.10And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.11You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, (Joh 12:20; Ac 8:27; Ac 20:16; Ac 24:1)12and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. (Ac 25:8)13Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. (Ac 25:7)14But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, (Lu 1:74; Ac 3:13; Ac 9:2; Ac 22:3; Ac 24:5; Ac 24:22; Ac 26:22; Ac 27:23; Ac 28:23; Ro 1:9; Ro 3:21; 2Ti 1:3; Heb 9:14; Heb 12:28)15having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. (Da 12:2; Lu 14:14; Ac 23:6; Ga 5:5; Tit 2:13)16So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. (Ac 23:1; 1Co 10:32; Php 1:10; 1Ti 4:7; 1Ti 4:15; Jud 1:24)17Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. (Ac 20:16; Ac 20:31; Ac 24:11; Ac 26:4; Ac 28:19; Ro 15:25; Ro 15:31; 1Co 16:1; 2Co 8:1; 2Co 9:1; 2Co 9:12; Ga 2:10)18While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia— (Ac 21:26; Ac 21:27; Ac 26:21)19they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. (Ac 23:30)20Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council,21other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’” (Ac 23:6)
Paul Kept in Custody
22But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.” (Ac 9:2; Ac 24:14)23Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs. (Ac 27:3; Ac 28:16)24After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. (Ac 20:21; Ro 3:24; Ga 2:16)25And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” (Ac 17:32; 2Ti 4:2; Tit 2:12)26At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. (Ac 24:17)27When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison. (Mr 15:15; Lu 21:12; Ac 12:3; Ac 25:1; Ac 25:9; Ac 25:14; Ac 26:24)