Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
Acts 24:1 And after fiue dayes, Ananias the hie Priest descended with the Elders, and with a certaine Oratour named Tertullus, who enformed the gouernour against Paul. Acts 24:2 And when he was called foorth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enioy great quietnesse, and that very worthy deeds are done vnto this natio by thy prouidence: Acts 24:3 Wee accept it alwayes, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulnesse. Acts 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not farther tedious vnto thee, I pray thee, that thou wouldest heare vs of thy clemencie a few words. Acts 24:5 For we haue found this man a pestilent fellow, and a moouer of sedition among all the Iewes throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Acts 24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane the Temple: whom we tooke, and would haue iudged according to our lawe. Acts 24:7 But the chiefe captaine Lysias came vpon vs, and with great violence tooke him away out of our hands: Acts 24:8 Commanding his accusers to come vnto thee, by examining of whom thy selfe mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. Acts 24:9 And the Iewes also assented, saying that these things were so.
answereth for his life and doctrine.
Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after that the gouernour had beckened vnto him to speake, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many yeeres a Iudge vnto this nation, I do the more cheerefully answere for my selfe: Acts 24:11 Because that thou mayest vnderstand, that there are yet but twelue dayes, since I went vp to Hierusalem for to worship. Acts 24:12 And they neither found me in the Temple disputing with any man, neither raising vp the people, neither in the Synagogues, nor in the citie: Acts 24:13 Neither can they proue the things whereof they now accuse me. Acts 24:14 But this I confesse vnto thee, that after the way which they call heresie, so worship I the God of my fathers, beleeuing all things which are written in the Law and the Prophets, Acts 24:15 And haue hope towards God, which they themselues also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the iust and vniust. Acts 24:16 And herein doe I exercise my selfe to haue alwayes a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:17 Now after many yeeres, I came to bring almes to my nation, & offrings: Acts 24:18 Wherupon certaine Iewes from Asia found me purified in the Temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult: Acts 24:19 Who ought to haue beene here before thee, and obiect, if they had ought against me. Acts 24:20 Or else let these same here say, if they haue found any euill doing in mee, while I stood before the Councill, Acts 24:21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. Acts 24:22 And when Felix heard these things, hauing more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them and said, When Lysias the chiefe captaine shall come downe, I will know the vttermost of your matter. Acts 24:23 And he commanded a Centurion to keepe Paul, and to let him haue libertie, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister, or come vnto him.
He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.
Acts 24:24 And after certaine dayes, when Felix came with his wife Orusilla, which was a Iew, he sent for Paul, and heard him cocerning the faith in Christ. Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousnesse, temperance, and iudgement to come, Felix trembled and answered, Go thy way for this time, when I haue a conuenient season, I will call for thee.
The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.
Acts 24:26 He hoped also that money should haue bene giuen him of Paul, that hee might loose him: wherefore hee sent for him the oftner, and comuned with him.
At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.
Acts 24:27 But after two yeeres, Portius Festus came into Felix roome: and Felix willing to shew the Iewes a pleasure, left Paul bound.