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Chapter 23

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, men and brothers, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

Acts 23:2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

Acts 23:3 Then said Paul to him, God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! For do you sit to judge me after the Law, yet command me to be struck contrary to the Law?

Acts 23:4 And they that stood by said, do you revile God’s high priest?

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written, you will not speak evil of the ruler of your people.

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!

Acts 23:7 When he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

Acts 23:9 Then there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ group arose, and protested, saying, we find no evil in this man: what if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

Acts 23:10 So when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing unless Paul should have been pulled in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the fortress.

Acts 23:11 And the following night the Lord stood by him, and said, be of good cheer, Paul: for as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so must you bear witness also at Rome.

Acts 23:12 When it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Acts 23:13 They were more than forty who had made this conspiracy.

Acts 23:14 Then they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, we have bound ourselves under a great oath, that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.

Acts 23:15 Therefore now you with the council suggest to the chief captain that he bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you would inquire something more accurately concerning him: and we, if ever he comes near, are about to kill him.

Acts 23:16 So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, he went and entered into the fortress, and told Paul.

Acts 23:17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, bring this young man to the chief captain: for he has a certain thing to tell him.

Acts 23:18 So he brought him, and led him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me to him, and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to say to you.

Acts 23:19 Then the chief captain held him by the hand, and went with him aside secretly, and asked him, what do you have to tell me?

Acts 23:20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask you that you would bring down Paul tomorrow into the council, as though they are about to inquire somewhat of him more accurately.

Acts 23:21 But do not be persuaded by them: for an ambush waits for him of more than forty men, who have bound themselves with an oath that they will neither eat nor drink until they have killed him: and now they are ready, expecting an order from you.

Acts 23:22 So the chief captain then let the young man leave, and charged him, see you tell no man that you have showed these things to me.

Acts 23:23 And he called to him two centurions, saying, make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third hour of the night;

Acts 23:24 and provide them horses, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe to Felix the governor.

Acts 23:25 And he wrote a letter in the following manner:

Acts 23:26 Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix sends greeting.

Acts 23:27 This man was taken by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them: then came I with a cohort, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

Acts 23:28 When I would have known the reason why they accused him, I brought him out into their council:

Acts 23:29 whom I perceived to be accused by questions of their Law, but to have nothing charged against him worthy of death or of bonds.

Acts 23:30 When it was told to me that the Jews laid an ambush for the man, I sent immediately to you, and gave instructions to his accusers to say what they had against him before you.

Acts 23:31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

Acts 23:32 On the next day they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the fortress:

Acts 23:33 who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

Acts 23:34 When the governor had read the letter, he asked what province (of the ten) he was from. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;

Acts 23:35 I will hear you, said he, when your accusers have also come. So he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s Praetorium.