Acts 24

1Paul is accused before Felix by Tertullus in the name of the Jews: 10he answereth in defence of his life and doctrine. 22The hearing is deferred. 24Paul preaching freely before the governor and his wife, Felix trembleth. 26Felix hopeth for a bribe to release Paul, but in vain; and going out of his office leaveth him bound.

1 And 1after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who 2informed the governor against Paul.

2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, 1Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,

3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.

5 1For 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:

6 1Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.

7 1But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,

8 1Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.

9 1And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

10 Then Paul, after that the governor had 1beckoned 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 2answer for myself:

11 1Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

12 1And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

13 1Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.

14 But this I confess unto thee, 1that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, 2believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

15 1And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a 2resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

16 1And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

17 Now after 1many years I came to bring 2alms to my nation, and offerings.

18 1Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

19 1Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.

20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, 1while I stood before the council,

21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, 1Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.

22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of 1that way, he deferred them, and said, When 2Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I 3will know the uttermost of your matter.

23 1And 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.

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 1faith in Christ.

25 And as he reasoned of 1righteousness, 2temperance, and 3judgment to come, Felix 4trembled, and answered, 5Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

26 1He hoped also that 2money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, 1willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.