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Acts 24:1, 5-9
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.
5. For we have
found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all
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
to our law.
7. But the
chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away
out of our
his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself
knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
9. And the Jews
also assented, saying that these things were so.
Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak,
Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this
nation, I do the
more cheerfully answer for myself:
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 me.
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
15. And have
hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be
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
17. Now after
many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with
19. Who ought
to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against
20. Or else let
these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I
stood before the
21. Except it
be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the
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,
them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will
uttermost of your matter.
a. Paulís 2yr. imprisonment
But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix,
shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
b. Paulís appeal to Caesar
Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he
Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2. Then the
high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and
desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem,
wait in the
way to kill him.
4. But Festus
answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself
5. Let them
therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and
man, if there be any wickedness in him.
6. And when
he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto
the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be
7. And when
he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round
laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not
8. While he
answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither
temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt
go up to
Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
10. Then said
Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to
the Jews have
I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.
11. For if I
be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not
to die: but if
there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may
unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou
Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.
c. Paulís testimony before King
At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the
the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
14. And when
we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and
saying in the
Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee
against the pricks.
15. And I
said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16. But rise,
and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
to make thee a
minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and
things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I
18. To open
their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power
of Satan unto
God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among
them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me. ( see Vs. 19-32 )
d. King Agrippaís response
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a