Acts 23:16-35 American Standard Version

16  But Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the castle and told Paul. 17  And Paul called unto him one of the centurions, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain; for he hath something to tell him. 18  So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and saith, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and asked me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say to thee. 19  And the chief captain took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, What is it that thou hast to tell me? 20  And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down Paul tomorrow unto the council, as though thou wouldest inquire somewhat more exactly concerning him. 21  Do not thou therefore yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, who have bound themselves under a curse, neither to eat nor to drink till they have slain him: and now are they ready, looking for the promise from thee. 22  So the chief captain let the young man go, charging him, Tell no man that thou hast signified these things to me.

Paul Sent to Felix the Governor

23  And he called unto him two of the centurions, and said, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night: 24  and [he bade them] provide beasts, that they might set Paul thereon, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 25  And he wrote a letter after this form: 26  Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix, greeting. 27  This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be slain of them, when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 28  And desiring to know the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him down unto their council: 29  whom I found to be accused about questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 30  And when it was shown to me that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to thee forthwith, charging his accusers also to speak against him before thee. 31  So the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32  But on the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 33  and they, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34  And when he had read it, he asked of what province he was; and when he understood that he was of Cilicia, 35  I will hear thee fully, said he, when thine accusers also are come: and he commanded him to be kept in Herod's palace.

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