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George Noyes Bible - Acts

Acts 24

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1And after five days Ananias, the high-priest, came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus; and they brought a complaint before the governor against Paul.
2And when he had been called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy much peace, and that improvements are in every way and everywhere taking place in this nation through thy foresight,
3we accept it, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4But not to detain thee too long, I pray thee to hear us, in thy clemency, a few words.
5For we have found this man to be a pest, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes;
6who also attempted to profane the temple, and we apprehended him;
8and from him thou canst thyself ascertain by examination all these things of which we accuse him.
9And the Jews also joined in the charges against him, affirming that these things were so.
10Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered, Since I know that thou hast been for many years a judge for this nation, I answer for myself cheerfully;
11for it is in thy power to ascertain that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any one, or stirring up a tumult of the people, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city;
13nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14But this I acknowledge to thee, that according to the way of belief which they call a sect, so do I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and by the Prophets;
15having a hope in God, which they themselves also entertain, that there will be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
16On this ground do I also myself strive to have always a conscience void of offence toward God and toward men.
17And after some years I came to bring alms to my nation, and to make offerings;
18in doing which they found me purified in the temple, not with a crowd nor with tumult; but certain Jews from Asia caused it,
19who ought to be here before thee, and make their charge, if they had aught against me.

20Or, let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood before the council,
21except in relation to this one expression, which I uttered aloud while standing among them: Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am tried before you this day.
22But Felix, having an accurate knowledge of the matters relating to this way of belief, put them off, and said, When Lysias the chief captain cometh down, I will thoroughly examine your case.
23He also gave orders to the centurion to guard him, and let him have indulgence, and not to forbid any of his friends to do him service.
24And after some days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25And as he discoursed of righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix became alarmed, and answered, Go thy way for the present; and when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
26He hoped also that money would be given him by Paul; on which account he sent for him the oftener, and conversed with him.
27But after two years Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and Felix, wishing to gain favor with the Jews, left Paul bound.