Acts 24:1-27 THE HOLY BIBLE
The Acts Of The Apostles Chapter 24:1-27
Acts 24:1 Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an advocate, a certain Tertullus, and they presented formal charges against Paul to the governor.
Acts 24:2 When he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Since we have attained much peace through you, and reforms have been accomplished in this nation through your provident care,
Acts 24:3 we acknowledge this in every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all gratitude.
Acts 24:4 But in order not to detain you further, I ask you to give us a brief hearing with your customary graciousness.
Acts 24:5 We found this man to be a pest; he creates dissension among Jews all over the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazoreans.
Acts 24:6 He even tried to desecrate our temple, but we arrested him.
Acts 24:8 If you examine him you will be able to learn from him for yourself about everything of which we are accusing him."
Acts 24:9 The Jews also joined in the attack and asserted that these things were so.
Acts 24:10 Then the governor motioned to him to speak and Paul replied, "I know that you have been a judge over this nation for many years and so I am pleased to make my defense before you.
Acts 24:11 As you can verify, not more than twelve days have passed since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
Acts 24:12 Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor anywhere in the city did they find me arguing with anyone or instigating a riot among the people.
Acts 24:13 Nor can they prove to you the accusations they are now making against me.
Acts 24:14 But this I do admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors and I believe everything that is in accordance with the law and written in the prophets.
Acts 24:15 I have the same hope in God as they themselves have that there will be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous.
Acts 24:16 Because of this, I always strive to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
Acts 24:17 After many years, I came to bring alms for my nation and offerings.
Acts 24:18 While I was so engaged, they found me, after my purification, in the temple without a crowd or disturbance.
Acts 24:19 But some Jews from the province of Asia, who should be here before you to make whatever accusation they might have against me -
Acts 24:20 or let these men themselves state what crime they discovered when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
Acts 24:21 unless it was my one outcry as I stood among them, that 'I am on trial before you today for the resurrection of the dead.'"
Acts 24:22 Then Felix, who was accurately informed about the Way, postponed the trial, saying, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I shall decide your case."
Acts 24:23 He gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that he should not prevent any of his friends from caring for his needs.
Acts 24:24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He had Paul summoned and listened to him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.
Acts 24:25 But as he spoke about righteousness and self-restraint and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, "You may go for now; when I find an opportunity I shall summon you again."
Acts 24:26 At the same time he hoped that a bribe would be offered him by Paul, and so he sent for him very often and conversed with him.
Acts 24:27 Two years passed and Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Wishing to ingratiate himself with the Jews, Felix left Paul in prison.