Acts 23-25 Darby’s Translation

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23 1  And Paul, fixing his eyes on the council, said, Brethren, I have walked in all good conscience with God unto this day. 2  But the high priest Ananias ordered those standing by him to smite his mouth. 3  Then Paul said to him, God will smite thee, whited wall. And thou, dost thou sit judging me according to the law, and breaking the law commandest me to be smitten? 4  And those that stood by said, Dost thou rail against the high priest of God? 5  And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evilly of the ruler of thy people.

6  But Paul, knowing that the one part [of them] were of the Sadducees and the other of the Pharisees, cried out in the council, Brethren, I am a Pharisee, son of Pharisees: I am judged concerning the hope and resurrection of [the] dead. 7  And when he had spoken this, there was a tumult of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was divided. 8  For Sadducees say there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit; but Pharisees confess both of them. 9  And there was a great clamour, and the scribes of the Pharisees' part rising up contended, saying, We find nothing evil in this man; and if a spirit has spoken to him, or an angel ... 10  And a great tumult having arisen, the chiliarch, fearing lest Paul should have been torn in pieces by them, commanded the troop to come down and take him by force from the midst of them, and to bring [him] into the fortress. 11  But the following night the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good courage; for as thou hast testified the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so thou must bear witness at Rome also.

The Plot against Paul's Life

12  And when it was day, the Jews, having banded together, put themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they should kill Paul. 13  And they were more than forty who had joined together in this oath; 14  and they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have cursed ourselves with a curse to taste nothing until we kill Paul. 15  Now therefore do ye with the council make a representation to the chiliarch so that he may bring him down to you, as about to determine more precisely what concerns him, and we, before he draws near, are ready to kill him. 16  But Paul's sister's son, having heard of the lying in wait, came and entered into the fortress and reported [it] to Paul. 17  And Paul, having called one of the centurions, said, Take this youth to the chiliarch, for he has something to report to him. 18  He therefore, having taken him with [him], led him to the chiliarch, and says, The prisoner Paul called me to [him] and asked me to lead this youth to thee, who has something to say to thee. 19  And the chiliarch having taken him by the hand, and having gone apart in private, inquired, What is it that thou hast to report to me? 20  And he said, The Jews have agreed together to make a request to thee, that thou mayest bring Paul down to-morrow into the council, as about to inquire something more precise concerning him. 21  Do not thou then be persuaded by them, for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, who have put themselves under a curse neither to eat nor drink till they kill him; and now they are ready waiting the promise from thee. 22  The chiliarch then dismissed the youth, commanding [him], Utter to no one that thou hast represented these things to me.

Paul Sent to Felix the Governor

23  And having called to [him] certain two of the centurions, he said, Prepare two hundred soldiers that they may go as far as Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred light-armed footmen, for the third hour of the night. 24  And [he ordered them] to provide beasts, that they might set Paul on them and carry [him] safe through to Felix the governor, 25  having written a letter, couched in this form: 26  Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix, greeting. 27  This man, having been taken by the Jews, and being about to be killed by them, I came up with the military and took out [of their hands], having learned that he was a Roman. 28  And desiring to know the charge on which they accused him, I brought him down to their council; 29  whom I found to be accused of questions of their law, but to have no charge laid against him [making him] worthy of death or of bonds. 30  But having received information of a plot about to be put in execution against the man [by the Jews], I have immediately sent him to thee, commanding also his accusers to say before thee the things that are against him. [Farewell.] 31  The soldiers therefore, according to what was ordered them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris, 32  and on the morrow, having left the horsemen to go with him, returned to the fortress. 33  And these, having entered into Caesarea, and given up the letter to the governor, presented Paul also to him. 34  And having read [it], and asked of what eparchy he was, and learned that [he was] of Cilicia, 35  he said, I will hear thee fully when thine accusers also are arrived. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's praetorium.

Paul's Defense before Felix

24 1  And after five days came down the high priest Ananias, with the elders, and a certain orator called Tertullus, and laid their informations against Paul before the governor. 2  And he having been called, Tertullus began to accuse, saying, Seeing we enjoy great peace through thee, and that excellent measures are executed for this nation by thy forethought, 3  we receive [it] always and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 4  But that I may not too much intrude on thy time, I beseech thee to hear us briefly in thy kindness. 5  For finding this man a pest, and moving sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a leader of the sect of the Nazaraeans; 6  who also attempted to profane the temple; whom we also had seized, [and would have judged according to our law; 7  but Lysias, the chiliarch, coming up, took [him] away with great force out of our hands, 8  having commanded his accusers to come to thee;] of whom thou canst thyself, in examining [him], know the certainty of all these things of which we accuse him. 9  And the Jews also joined in pressing the matter against [Paul], saying that these things were so.

10  But Paul, the governor having beckoned to him to speak, answered, Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge to this nation, I answer readily as to the things which concern myself. 11  As thou mayest know that there are not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem, 12  and neither in the temple did they find me discoursing to any one, or making any tumultuous gathering together of the crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city; 13  neither can they make good the things of which they now accuse me. 14  But this I avow to thee, that in the way which they call sect, so I serve my fathers' God, believing all things which are written throughout the law, and in the prophets; 15  having hope towards God, which they themselves also receive, that there is to be a resurrection both of just and unjust. 16  For this cause I also exercise [myself] to have in everything a conscience without offence towards God and men. 17  And after a lapse of many years I arrived, bringing alms to my nation, and offerings. 18  Whereupon they found me purified in the temple, with neither crowd nor tumult. But it was certain Jews from Asia, 19  who ought to appear before thee and accuse, if they have anything against me; 20  or let these themselves say what wrong they found in me when I stood before the council, 21  [other] than concerning this one voice which I cried standing amongst them: I am judged this day by you touching [the] resurrection of [the] dead.

22  And Felix, knowing accurately the things concerning the way, adjourned them, saying, When Lysias the chiliarch is come down I will determine your affair; 23  ordering the centurion to keep him, and that he should have freedom, and to hinder none of his friends to minister to him. 24  And after certain days, Felix having arrived with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jewess, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25  And as he reasoned concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment about to come, Felix, being filled with fear, answered, Go for the present, and when I get an opportunity I will send for thee; 26  hoping at the same time that money would be given him by Paul: wherefore also he sent for him the oftener and communed with him. 27  But when two years were completed, Felix was relieved by Porcius Festus as his successor; and Felix, desirous to oblige the Jews, to acquire their favour, left Paul bound.

Paul Appeals to Caesar

25 1  Festus therefore, being come into the eparchy, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2  And the chief priests and the chief of the Jews laid informations before him against Paul, and besought him, 3  asking as a grace against him that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying people in wait to kill him on the way. 4  Festus therefore answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to set out shortly. 5  Let therefore the persons of authority among you, says he, going down too, if there be anything in this man, accuse him. 6  And having remained among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and on the next day, having sat down on the judgment-seat, commanded Paul to be brought. 7  And when he was come, the Jews who were come down from Jerusalem stood round, bringing many and grievous charges which they were not able to prove: 8  Paul answering for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I offended [in] anything. 9  But Festus, desirous of obliging the Jews, to acquire their favour, answering Paul, said, Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be judged before me concerning these things? 10  But Paul said, I am standing before the judgment-seat of Caesar, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou also very well knowest. 11  If then I have done any wrong and committed anything worthy of death, I do not deprecate dying; but if there is nothing of those things of which they accuse me, no man can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar. 12  Then Festus, having conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast appealed to Caesar. To Caesar shalt thou go.

Paul Brought before Agrippa and Bernice

13  And when certain days had elapsed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to salute Festus. 14  And when they had spent many days there, Festus laid before the king the matters relating to Paul, saying, There is a certain man left prisoner by Felix, 15  concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid informations, requiring judgment against him: 16  to whom I answered, It is not [the] custom of the Romans to give up any man before that the accused have the accusers face to face, and he have got opportunity of defence touching the charge. 17  When therefore they had come together here, without putting it off, I sat the next day on the judgment-seat and commanded the man to be brought: 18  concerning whom the accusers, standing up, brought no such accusation of guilt as I supposed; 19  but had against him certain questions of their own system of worship, and concerning a certain Jesus who is dead, whom Paul affirmed to be living. 20  And as I myself was at a loss as to an inquiry into these things, I said, Was he willing to go to Jerusalem and there to be judged concerning these things? 21  But Paul having appealed to be kept for the cognisance of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I shall send him to Caesar. 22  And Agrippa [said] to Festus, I myself also would desire to hear the man. To-morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. 23  On the morrow therefore, Agrippa being come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and having entered into the hall of audience, with the chiliarchs and the men of distinction of the city, and Festus having given command, Paul was brought. 24  And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, ye see this person, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews applied to me both in Jerusalem and here, crying out against [him] that he ought not to live any longer. 25  But I, having found that he had done nothing worthy of death, and this [man] himself having appealed to Augustus, I have decided to send him; 26  concerning whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord. Wherefore I have brought him before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, so that an examination having been gone into I may have something to write: 27  for it seems to me senseless, sending a prisoner, not also to signify the charges against him.

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