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23 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrinv and said, “My brothers,w I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good consciencex to this day.” 2 At this the high priest Ananiasy ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.z 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!a You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”b
6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadduceesd and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers,e I am a Pharisee,f descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”g 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,h and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Phariseesi stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,”j they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”k 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.l
12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracyo and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.p 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.q 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrinr petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barrackss and told Paul.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner,t sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrinu tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.v 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than fortyw of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him.x They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmenb to go to Caesareay at nine tonight.z 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”a
To His Excellency,b Governor Felix:
27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him,d but I came with my troops and rescued him,e for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.f 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin.g 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law,h but there was no charge against himi that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informedj of a plotk to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusersl to present to you their case against him.
31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalrym go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.n 33 When the cavalryo arrived in Caesarea,p they delivered the letter to the governorq and handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia,r 35 he said, “I will hear your case when your accuserss get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guardt in Herod’s palace.
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