Acts 24
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1AND after five days An-a-ni’as the high priest went down with the elders, together with Ter-tul’lus, the orator, and they informed the governor against Paul. 2And when he was called forth, Ter-tul’lus began to accuse him, saying, It is through you that we enjoy great tranquility, and owing to your care many excellent things have been done for this people. 3And we all, everywhere, receive your favors, O most excellent Fe’lix. 4But while I desire not to weary you with lengthy discussions, nevertheless, I beg you to hear in brief our humble complaint. 5We have found this man to be a pestilent fellow and a worker of sedition among the Jews throughout the world, for he is the ringleader of the sect of the Naz’a-renes. 6He sought to defile our temple: therefore when we seized him, we would have judged him according to our law. 7But the chief captain Lys’ias came, and by force took him away out of our hands and sent him to you, 8Then he commanded his accusers to come to you. Now when you question him, you can learn for yourself concerning all these things of which we accuse him. 9The Jews also witnessed against him, declaring that these things were true.

10Then the governor beckoned to Paul to speak. Paul answered and said, For in as much as I know that you have been a judge for many years to this people, therefore I do the more cheerfully answer in my own defense: 11So that you may understand, that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, nor have I had an assembly either in their synagogues or in the city: 13Nor can they prove before you the things of which they accuse me. 14But this I confess, that in that very teaching which they mention, I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15And I have the same hope in God which they themselves hold, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16For this reason, I labor to have always a clear conscience before God and before men. 17Now after many years, I came to my own people to distribute alms and to present an offering. 18So these men found me purifying myself in the temple, not in a crowd, nor in a riot, except the riot which was caused by the Jews who had come from Asia Minor, 19Who ought to have been here with me before you, to make whatever accusations they have against me. 20Or else let these same people here say, what fault they found in me when I stood before their council. 21Except it be for this one saying which I cried standing before them, It is for the resurrection of the dead that I am tried before you this day.

22But because Fe’lix was thoroughly familiar with this teaching, he deferred them, saying, When the chief captain comes down, I will give you a hearing. 23And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul in comfort, and that none of his acquaintances should be prevented from ministering to him.

24And after a few days, Fe’lix with his wife Dru-sil’la, who was a Jewess, sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith of Christ. 25And as he spoke with them concerning righteousness, holiness, and the judgment to come, Fe’lix was filled with fear, and said, You may go, and when I have opportunity I will send for you. 26Since he was expecting a bribe from Paul, he often sent for him to be brought and conversed with him. 27And when he had completed two years, another governor succeeded him whose name was Por’ci-us Fes’tus: and Fe’lix, to do the Jews a favor, left Paul a prisoner.

Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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