Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
Acts 24:1 After fyue dayes Ananias the hye prieste descended wt the elders and with a certayne oratour named Tertullus, and enformed the rular of Paul. Acts 24:2 When Paule was called forth. Tartullus began to accuse hym, saiynge: Seynge that we lyue in a great quietnes by the meanes of the: & that manye good thynges are done vnto thys nacyon throughe thy prouidence: Acts 24:3 that alowe we euer and in all places, most myghty Felix, wt all thankes. Acts 24:4 Notwithstandyng that I be not tedyous vnto the. I praye the that thou wouldest heare vs of thy curtesy a fewe wordes. Acts 24:5 We haue founde thys man a pestylent felowe, and a mouer of debate vnto all the Iewes thoroughout the world, and a mayntayner of the secte of the Nazarites, Acts 24:6 and hath also enforsed to pollute the temple. Whome we toke, and woulde haue iudged accordynge to our law, Acts 24:7 but the hye captayne Lysyas came vpon vs, and with great violence toke hym awaye out of our hande, Acts 24:8 commaundyng hys accusars to come vnto the. Of whome thou mayest (yf thou wilt enquyre) knowe the certaintye of al these thynges, wherof we accuse hym. Acts 24:9 The Iewes lykewyse affirmed, saiyng: that it was euen so.
answereth for his life and doctrine.
Acts 24:10 Then Paule (after that the ruler him selfe had beckened vnto hym that he should speake) aunswered I shall with a more quyet mynde aunswere for my selfe, for as muche as I vnderstande that thou haste bene of manye yeares a iudge vnto thys people, Acts 24:11 because þt thou mayest know that there are yet but .xij. dayes sence I wente vp to Ierusalem for to praye, Acts 24:12 & that they neyther founde me in the temple disputynge with anye man, eyther raysynge vp the people neither in the synagoges, nor in the citie. Acts 24:13 Neyther can they proue the thynges wherof they accuse me. Acts 24:14 But thys I confesse vnto the, that after that waye (which they call heresye) so worshyppe I the God of my fathers, beleuynge al thynges which are written in the lawe and the Prophetes, Acts 24:15 and haue hope towardes God that the same resurreccyon of the dead (which they them selues loke for also) shall be both of iuste and vniuste. Acts 24:16 And therfore studye I to haue a cleare conscience towarde God, and towarde man also. Acts 24:17 But after many yeares I came & brought almes to my people and offerynges, Acts 24:18 in the whiche they founde me puryfyed in the temple, neyther with multytude, nor yet with vnquyetnes. Howe be it there were certayne Iewes oute of Asia, Acts 24:19 which ought to be here present before the, & accuse me, yf they had ought agaynste me: Acts 24:20 or els let these same here saye, yf they haue founde anye euyll doynge in me, whyle I stand here in the councell: Acts 24:21 excepte it be for thys one voyce that I cryed standynge amonge them, of the resurreccyon from death, am I iudged of you thys daye. Acts 24:22 When Felix heard these thinges he deferred them, for he knewe verye well of that way, and sayed when Lisias the captayne is come, I wil knowe the vtmost of youre matters. Acts 24:23 And he commaunded an vnder captaine to kepe Paul, and that he shoulde haue reste, and that he shoulde forbidde none of hys acquaintaunce to minister vnto hym, or to come vnto him.
He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.
Acts 24:24 And after a certaine daies came Felix and his wyfe Drusilla, which was a Iewas, and called forth Paul, and heard him of the fayth which is towarde Christ. Acts 24:25 And as he preached of rightuousnes, temperaunce and iudgement to come. Felix trembled and aunswered: thou haste done inough at this tyme, departe. When I haue a conueniente tyme, I wil send for the.
The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.
Acts 24:26 He hoped also, that money should haue bene geuen hym of Paul, that he myght louse him: wherfore he called him the oftener, and communed wyth hym.
At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.
Acts 24:27 But after .ij. yeare Festus Porcius came into Felix roume. And Felix wyllynge to shewe the Iewes a pleasure, left Paule in prison bounde.