1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
1 Five days later, the high priest Ananias arrived with certain elders and Tertullus, an attorney, and they summarized their case against Paul before the governor.
1 Five days later, the high priest Ananias came down [from Jerusalem to Caesarea] with some elders and an attorney named Tertullus [acting as spokesman and counsel]. They presented to the governor their [formal] charges against Paul.
2 After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor,“Since we have through you attained much peace, and since by your providence reforms are being carried out for this nation,
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
2 When he was called in, Tertullus began to accuse him and said: “Since we enjoy great peace because of you, and reforms are taking place for the benefit of this nation by your foresight,
2 When Paul had been summoned, Tertullus opened the prosecution by saying:
2 After Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began the complaint [against him], saying to the governor:“Since through you we have attained great peace, and since by your foresight reforms are being carried out for this nation,
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
3 "Your Excellency Felix, since we are enjoying lasting peace because of you, and since reforms for this nation are being brought about through your foresight, we always and everywhere acknowledge it with profound gratitude.
3 in every way and in every place, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with all gratitude.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
4 However, so that I will not burden you any further, I beg you in your graciousness to give us a brief hearing.
4 But so as not to detain you any further, I beg you to hear us briefly with your customary graciousness.
4 But so that I do not weary you further, I beg you to grant us, by your kindness, a brief hearing.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
5 For we have found this man a perfect pest and an agitator among all Jews throughout the world. He is a ringleader in the sect of the Nazarenes
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
6 He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we apprehended him [and wanted to judge him according to our law.
6 and even tried to profane the Temple, but we arrested him.
7 But Lysias the commander came along, and with much violence took him out of our hands,
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
7 But Lysias the commander came and took him from our hands with great force,
7 By examining him for yourself, you will be able to find out from him everything of which we accuse him."
7 but Lysias the commander came, and with great force took him out of our hands,
8 ordering his accusers to come before you.] By examining him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to ascertain the things of which we accuse him.”
8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
8 The Jewish leaders supported his accusations by asserting that these things were true.
8 and ordered his accusers to come before you.] By interrogating him yourself concerning all these matters you will be able to determine [the truth about] these things with which we charge him.”
9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
9 The Jews also joined in the attack, alleging that these things were so.
9 When the governor motioned for Paul to speak, he replied:
9 The Jews also joined in the attack, declaring and insisting that these things were so.
10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
10 "Since I know that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I am pleased to present my defense. You can verify for yourself that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago.
10 When the governor nodded for him to speak, Paul answered,“Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I make my defense cheerfully and with good courage.
11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
11 They never found me debating with anyone in the Temple or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or throughout the city,
11 As you can easily verify, it has been no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
12 and they cannot prove to you the charges they are now bringing against me.
12 Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor elsewhere in the city did they find me carrying on a discussion or disputing with anybody or causing a crowd to gather.
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
13 Neither can they provide evidence to you of what they now bring against me.
13 However, I admit to you that in accordance with the Way, which they call a heresy, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe in everything written in the Law and the Prophets.
13 Nor can they present evidence to you to prove what they now bring against me.
14 But this I admit to you, that according to (M)the Way which they call a (N)sect I do serve (i)(O)the God of our fathers, (P)believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
14 I have the same hope in God that they themselves cherish that there is to be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked.
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
15 Therefore, I always do my best to have a clear conscience before God and people.
15 having [the same] hope in God which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of [the dead], both of the righteous and of the wicked.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
16 After many years, I have come back to my people to bring gifts for the poor and to offer sacrifices.
16 In view of this, I also do my best and strive always to have a clear conscience before God and before men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
17 They found me in the Temple doing these things just as I had completed the purification ceremony. No crowd or noisy mob was present.
17 Now after several years I came [to Jerusalem] to bring to my people charitable contributions and offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
18 But some Jews from Asia were there, and they should be here before you to accuse me if they have anything against me.
18 They found me in the temple presenting these offerings, after I had undergone [the rites of] purification, without any crowd or uproar. But there were some Jews from [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor],
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
19 It is they who ought to be here before you to bring charges, if they have anything against me.
19 Otherwise, these men themselves should tell what wrong they found when I stood before the Council
19 who ought to have been here before you to present their charges, if they have anything against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
20 Either let these men here state what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
20 unless it is for the one thing I shouted as I stood among them: "It is for the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.'"
20 Or else let these men tell what crime they found [me guilty of] when I stood before the Council (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court),
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
21 or about this one statement I cried out while standing among them, ‘Today I am being judged before you concerning the resurrection of the dead.’”
21 Felix was rather well informed about the Way, and so he adjourned the trial with the comment, "When Tribune Lysias arrives, I'll decide your case."
21 other than for this one statement which I had shouted out as I stood among them, ‘For the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today.’”
22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
22 He ordered the centurion to guard Paul but to let him have some freedom and not to keep any of his friends from caring for his needs.
22 But Felix, having a rather accurate understanding about the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case.”
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
23 Some days later, Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him talk about faith in Jesus the Messiah.
23 Then he ordered the centurion to keep Paul in custody, but to let him have some freedom, and [he told the centurion] not to stop any of his friends from providing for his needs.
24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
24 After some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and listened to him on the subject of faith in Christ Jesus.
24 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and said, "For the present you may go. When I get a chance, I will send for you again."
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
25 At the same time he was hoping to receive a bribe from Paul, and so he would send for him frequently to talk with him.
25 But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control [honorable behavior, personal integrity], and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I find [a convenient] time I will send for you.”
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
26 After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to do the Jews a favor, he left Paul in prison.
26 At the same time he was also hoping to get money from Paul [as a bribe]; so he continued to send for him quite often and talked with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
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