1 And Paul, earnestly
beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived
in all good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him
to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited
wall: for sittest thou to judge 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 speak evil of the
ruler of thy people.
6 But 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 the hope
and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension 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 confess both.
9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of
the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil
in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him,
let us not fight against God.
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain,
fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them,
commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force
from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said,
Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in
Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together,
and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither
eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said,
We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat
nothing until we have slain Paul.
15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain
that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would
enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or
ever he come near, are ready to kill him.
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait,
he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said,
Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain
thing to tell him.
18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and
said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to
bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto
19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with
him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to
20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou
wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though
they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for
him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves
with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they
have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise
22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged
him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things
23 And he called unto him two centurions, 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
24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring
him safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth
27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed
of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood
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 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law,
but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of
30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the
man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his
accusers also to say before thee what they had against him.
31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and
brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and
returned to the castle:
33 Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle
to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what
province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;
35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come.
And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.
1 And after five
days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and
with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor
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,
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
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:
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took,
and would have judged according to our law.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great
violence took him away out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of
whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof
we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were
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:
11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but
twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for 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:
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse
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:
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.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience
void of offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the
temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who 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, while I stood before the council,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room:
and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.