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23 And Paul, aearnestly beholding bthe council, said, Men and brethren, I have clived din all good conscience before God until this day. 2 And the high priest ddAnanias commanded them that stood by him to esmite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou fwhited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten gcontrary to the law? 4 And hthey that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 5 Then said Paul, iI wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, jThou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were kSadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in bthe council, Men and brethren, lI am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: mof 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 kSadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 For the kSadducees nsay 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, oWe find no evil in this man: but pif a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, qlet 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 qqthe soldiers to rgo down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into sthe castle.
11 And tthe night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for uas thou hast vtestified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also wat Rome. 12 And when it was day, xcertain 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 ygreat curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15 Now therefore ye with bthe council signify to the chief captain that he zbring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would inquire something more aperfectly 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 blying in wait, he went and entered into cthe 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 thee. 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 tell me? 20 And he said, dThe Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into ethe council, das though they would inquire somewhat of him more aperfectly. 21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there flie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves gwith an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, hSee thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me. 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to iCaesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix jthe governor. 25 And he wrote a letter kafter this manner:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the lmost excellent jgovernor Felix msendeth greeting. 27 nThis man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with oan army, and rescued him, phaving understood that he was a Roman. 28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they qaccused him, I rbrought him forth into their ecouncil: 29 Whom I perceived to be qaccused sof questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge tworthy of death or of bonds. 30 And uwhen it was told me how that the Jews vlaid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and wgave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. xFarewell.
31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 On the morrow they left ythe horsemen to go with him, and returned to cthe castle: 33 Who, when they came to iCaesarea, and delivered the epistle to jthe governor, presented Paul also before him. 34 And when jthe governor had read the letter, he asked of what zprovince he was. aAnd when he understood that he was of aCilicia; 35 bI will hear thee, said he, cwhen thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in dHerod’s ejudgment hall.
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