1 Paul beheld the council and said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day." 2 The high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by, to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul to him, "God shall smite thee, thou painted wall. Sittest thou and judgest me after the law: and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?"
4 And they that stood by said, "Revilest thou God's high priest?"
5 Then said Paul, "I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest. For it is written, 'Thou shalt not curse the ruler of thy people.'" 6 When Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. Of hope, and of resurrection from death I am judged." 7 And when he had so said, there arose a debate between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit. But the Pharisees grant both.
9 And there arose a great cry, and the scribes which were of the Pharisees' part arose and strove, saying, "We find none evil in this man. Though a spirit, or an angel hath appeared to him, let us not strive against God." 10 And when there arose great debate, the captain fearing lest Paul should have been plucked asunder of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11 The night following God stood by him, and said, "Be of good cheer Paul: For as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness at Rome."
12 When day was come, certain of the Jews gathered themselves together, and made a vow saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 They were about forty which had made this conspiration. 14 And they came to the chief priest and elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves with a vow, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15 Now therefore give ye knowledge to the upper captain, and to the council that he bring him forth unto us tomorrow, as though we would know some thing more perfectly of him. But we, or ever he come near, are ready in the mean season to kill him."
16 When Paul's sister's son heard of their laying await, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17 And Paul called one of the under captains unto him, and said, "Bring this young man unto the high captain: for he hath a certain thing to show him."
18 And he took him, and led him to the high captain, and said, "Paul the prisoner called me unto him and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, which hath a certain matter to show thee."
19 The high captain took him by the hand, and went apart with him out of the way, and asked him, "What hast thou to say unto me?"
20 And he said, "The Jews are determined to desire thee that thou wouldest bring forth Paul tomorrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21 But follow not their minds: for there lie in wait for him of them, more than forty men, which have bound themselves with a vow, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now are they ready, and look for thy promise."
22 The upper captain let the young man depart and charged him, "See thou tell it out to no man that thou hast showed these things to me."
23 And he called unto him two under captains, saying, "Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten. And spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night. 24 And deliver them beasts that they may put Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the high deputy;
25 and wrote a letter in this manner,
26 "Claudius Lysias unto the most mighty ruler Felix sendeth greetings.
27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: Then came I with soldiers, and rescued him, and perceived that he was a Roman. 28 And when I would have known the cause, wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council. 29 There perceived I that he was accused of questions of their law: but was not guilty of any thing worthy of death, or of bonds. 30 Afterward, when it was showed me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee: and gave commandment to his accusers, if they had ought against him, to tell it unto thee. Farewell."
31 Then the soldiers as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 On the morrow they left horsemen to go with him, and returned unto the castle. 33 Which when they came to Caesarea, they delivered the epistle to the deputy, and presented Paul before him. 34 When the deputy had read the letter, he asked of what country he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia, 35 "I will hear thee," said he, "when thine accusers are come also." And commanded him to be kept in Herod's palace.