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Chapter 24

Acts 24:1 And after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, whom informed the governor against Paul.

Acts 24:2 When he was called out, Tertullus began to accuse him, and said, seeing that by you we enjoy great peace, and that prosperity has come to this nation by your rule,

Acts 24:3 we accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

Acts 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I not further waste your time, I ask that you would hear us briefly by your gracious disposition.

Acts 24:5 For we have found this man a trouble-maker, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the Roman world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

Acts 24:6 who also has gone about to profane the temple: who we took, and would have judged according to our Law.

Acts 24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came on us, and with great force took him away out of our hands,

Acts 24:8 commanding his accusers to come to you: by examining by who yourself may take knowledge of all these things, of which we accuse him.

Acts 24:9 And the Jews also agreed, saying that these things were so.

Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after the governor had motioned to him to speak, answered, since I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

Acts 24:11 because that you may understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

Acts 24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither gathering up the people in an uprising, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

Acts 24:13 neither can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.

Acts 24:14 But this I confess to you, that after the Way which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the prophets:

Acts 24:15 and have hope toward God, who they themselves accept, that there is about to be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

Acts 24:16 This being so I do exercise myself, to always have a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

Acts 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

Acts 24:18 When certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with an uproar.

Acts 24:19 Who ought to have been here before you, and to speak openly with their charge, if they had anything against me.

Acts 24:20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,

Acts 24:21 unless it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, concerning the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

Acts 24:22 When Felix heard these things, having a more accurate knowledge of the Way, he delayed them, and said, when Lysias the chief captain has come down, I will make a decision on your case.

Acts 24:23 He then commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have freedom, and that he should forbid none of his friends to serve or visit him.

Acts 24:24 After some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

Acts 24:25 As he had conversation with them about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment about to come, Felix became terrified, and answered, go away for now; when I have time, I will call for you.

Acts 24:26 He also hoped that money would be to given him by Paul, that he might free him: therefore he sent for him frequently, and conversed with him.

Acts 24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, willing to show the Jews a favor, left Paul locked up.