Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
Acts 24:1 After fyue dayes the hye prest Ananias came downe with the Elders, and wt the Oratour Tertullus, which appeared before the Debyte agaynst Paul. Acts 24:2 Whan Paul was called forth, Tertullus begane to accuse him, and sayde: Seynge that we lyue in greate peace by the meanes of ye, and that many good thinges are done for this people thorow thy prouydence Acts 24:3 (most mightie Felix) that alowe we euer and in all places with all thankes. Acts 24:4 Notwithstondinge yt I be nomore tedious vnto the, I praye the, that of thy curtesy thou woldest heare vs a few wordes. Acts 24:5 We haue founde this man a pestilent felowe, and a sterer vp of sedicion amonge all the Iewes thorow out all the worlde, and a manteyner of the secte of the Nazaretes, Acts 24:6 and hath taken in hande also to suspende the temple, whom we toke, and wolde haue iudged him acordinge to oure lawe. Acts 24:7 But Lysias the hye captayne came vpo vs, and with greate violence delyuered him out of oure handes, Acts 24:8 and commaunded his accusers to come vnto the: of whom (yf thou wilt enquyre) thou mayest haue knowlege of all these thinges, wherof we accuse him. Acts 24:9 The Iewes likewyse affirmed and sayde, that it was euen so.
answereth for his life and doctrine.
Acts 24:10 But Paul (whan the debyte had beckened vnto him, that he shulde speake) answered: Seynge I knowe that thou hast bene iudge now many yeares amonge this people, I wil not be afrayed to answere for my selfe, Acts 24:11 because that thou mayest knowe, that there are yet no more but twolue dayes sence I came vp to Ierusalem for to worshippe, Acts 24:12 and that they nether founde me in the temple disputinge with eny man, or makynge eny vproure amonge the people, ner in ye synagoges, ner in the cite: Acts 24:13 nether can they proue the thinges, wherof they accuse me. Acts 24:14 But this I confesse vnto the, that after this waye which they call heresye, so worshippe I the God of my fathers, that I beleue all that is wrytten in the lawe and in the prophetes, Acts 24:15 and haue hope towardes God, that the same resurreccion of the deed (which they them selues loke for also) shalbe, both of the iust and vniust. Acts 24:16 Therfore studye I to haue allwaye a cleare conscience towarde God and towarde men. Acts 24:17 But after many yeares I came and broughte allmesse vnto my people, and offeringes: Acts 24:18 whervpon they founde me purifyed in the temple without eny maner of rumoure or vnquyetnesse. Howbeit there were certayne Iewes out of Asia, Acts 24:19 which shulde be here presente before the, and accuse me, yf they had oughte agaynst me: Acts 24:20 or els lett these same here saye, yf they haue founde eny vnrighteousnes in me, whyle I stonde here before ye councell: Acts 24:21 excepte it be for this one worde, that I cried stondinge amonge them: Of the resurreccion off the deed am I iudged of you this daye. Acts 24:22 Whan Felix herde this, he dyfferred the (for he knewe very well of that waye) and sayde: Whan Lysias the vpper captayne commeth downe, I wyl knowe ye vttemost of youre matter Acts 24:23 But he commaunded the vndercaptayne to kepe Paul, and to let him haue rest, and that he shulde forbydde none of his acquauntauce to mynister vnto him, or to come vnto him.
He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.
Acts 24:24 But after certayne dayes came Felix wt his wife Drusilla, which was a Iewesse, and called for Paul, and herde him of the faith in Christ. Acts 24:25 Howbeit whan Paul spake off righteousnesse, and off chastite and off the iudgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered: Go thy waye for this tyme. Whan I haue a conuenyent tyme, I wil sende for the.
The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.
Acts 24:26 He hoped also, that money shulde haue bene geuen him of Paul, therfore called he oft for him, and commened with him.
At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.
Acts 24:27 But after two yeares came Portius Festus in to felix rowme. Yet Felix wyllinge to shewe the Iewes a pleasure, left Paul bounde.