Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
Acts 24:1 After fyue dayes, Ananias the hye preste descended with the elders, and with a certayne oratour named Tartullus, which enformed the debite against Paul. Acts 24:2 And when Paul was called forth, Tartullus beganne to accuse hym, saying: Seyinge that we lyue in greate quietnes by the meanes of the, and that many good thynges are done vnto thys nacion thorowe thy prouidence. Acts 24:3 that alowe we euer and in all places moost noble Felix with all thankes. Acts 24:4 Notwithstandynge, þt I be not tedious vnto the, I praye the, that thou woldest heare vs of thy curtesy a feaw wordes: Acts 24:5 For we haue founde this man a pestilent felowe, and a mouer of debate vnto all the Iewes in the whole world, and a maynteyner of the secte of the Nazarites Acts 24:6 which hath also enforsed to pollute the temple. Whom we toke, and wolde haue iudged accordinge to our lawe: Acts 24:7 but the hye captayne Lisias came vpon vs, and with great violence toke hym awaye oute of oure handes, Acts 24:8 commaundynge hys accusars to come vnto the. Of whom thou mayest (yf thou wilt enquyre) knowe the certenty of all these thinges, wherof we accuse him: Acts 24:9 The Iewes lykewyse affermed, sayinge, that these thinges were euen so.
answereth for his life and doctrine.
Acts 24:10 Then Paul (after that the debite hym selfe had beckened vnto hym that he shulde speake) answered: With a moare quiet minde do I answere for my selfe, Acts 24:11 for as moche as I vnderstande, that thou hast bene of many yeares a iudge vnto thys people, because that thou mayest knowe, þt ther are yet, but twelue dayes sence I went vp to Ierusalem for to worshyppe, Acts 24:12 and they nether founde me in the temple disputynge with eny man, ether raysinge vp the people, nether in the Synagoges, nor in the cytie. Acts 24:13 Nether can they proue the thynges wherof they accuse me Acts 24:14 But thys I confesse vnto the, that after the waye (which they call heresye) so worship I the God of my fathers, beleuynge all thinges which are wrytten in the lawe & 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 iust and vniust. Acts 24:16 And therfore study I to haue allwaye a cleare conscience toward God, and towarde men. Acts 24:17 But after many yeares, I came and brought almes to my people and offerynges Acts 24:18 in the which they founde me purifyed in the temple, nether with multitude, nor yet with vnquyetnesse. Howbeit there were certen Iewes out of Asia, Acts 24:19 which ought to be here present before the, and accuse me, yf they had ought agaynst me: Acts 24:20 or elles lett these same here saye, yf they haue found any euyll doynge in me, whyle I stande here in the councell: Acts 24:21 except it be for this one voyce, that I cryed standynge among them. of the resurreccyon from death am I iudged of you thys daye. Acts 24:22 When Felix heard these thinges, he deferde them, for he knew very well of that waye, and sayde: when Lysias the captayne is come downe. I will knowe the vtmost of your matter. Acts 24:23 And he commaunded an vndercaptayne to kepe Paul, and to let hym haue rest, and that he shuld forbyd none of hys acquayntaunce to minister vnto him, or to come vnto hym.
He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.
Acts 24:24 And after a certayne dayes, whan Felix came with his wyfe Drusilla (which was a Iewesse) he called forth Paul, and hearde hym of the fayth, which is towarde Christ Acts 24:25 And as he preached of ryghtewesnes temperaunce, and iudgement to come, Felix trembled, and answered: Go thy waye for thys tyme: whan I haue a conuenient season, I wyll sende for the.
The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.
Acts 24:26 He hoped also, that money shulde haue bene geuen hym of Paul, that he myght loose him: wherfore, he called hym the oftenner and comened with hym.
At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.
Acts 24:27 But after two yeare, Festus Porcius came into Felix rowme. And Felix wyllynge to shewe the Iewes a pleasure, lefte Paul in preson bounde.