As Paul pleadeth his cause,
Acts 23:1 And Paul having earnestly beheld the sanhedrim, said, 'Men, brethren, I in all good conscience have lived to God unto this day;'
Ananias conmmandeth them to smite him.
Acts 23:2 and the chief priest Ananias commanded those standing by him to smite him on the mouth, Acts 23:3 then Paul said unto him, 'God is about to smite thee, thou whitewashed wall, and thouthou dost sit judging me according to the law, and, violating law, dost order me to be smitten!' Acts 23:4 And those who stood by said, 'The chief priest of God dost thou revile?' Acts 23:5 and Paul said, 'I did not know, brethren, that he is chief priest: for it hath been written, Of the ruler of thy people thou shalt not speak evil;' Acts 23:6 and Paul having known that the one part are Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried out in the sanhedrim, 'Men, brethren, I am a Phariseeson of a Phariseeconcerning hope and rising again of dead men I am judged.'
Dissension among his accusers.
Acts 23:7 And he having spoken this, there came a dissension of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees, and the crowd was divided, Acts 23:8 for Sadducees, indeed, say there is no rising again, nor messenger, nor spirit, but Pharisees confess both. Acts 23:9 And there came a great cry, and the scribes of the Pharisees' part having arisen, were striving, saying, 'No evil do we find in this man; and if a spirit spake to him, or a messenger, we may not fight against God;' Acts 23:10 and a great dissension having come, the chief captain having been afraid lest Paul may be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiery, having gone down, to take him by force out of the midst of them, and to bring [him] to the castle.
God encourageth him.
Acts 23:11 And on the following night, the Lord having stood by him, said, 'Take courage, Paul, for as thou didst fully testify the things concerning me at Jerusalem, so it behoveth thee also at Rome to testify.' Acts 23:12 And day having come, certain of the Jews having made a concourse, did anathematize themselves, saying neither to eat nor to drink till they may kill Paul; Acts 23:13 and they were more than forty who made this conspiracy by oath,
The Jews' laying wait for Paul,
Acts 23:14 who having come near to the chief priests and to the elders said, 'With an anathema we did anathematize ourselvesto taste nothing till we have killed Paul; Acts 23:15 now, therefore, ye, signify ye to the chief captain, with the sanhedrim, that to-morrow he may bring him down unto you, as being about to know more exactly the things concerning him; and we, before his coming nigh, are ready to put him to death.' Acts 23:16 And the son of Paul's sister having heard of the lying in wait, having gone and entered into the castle, told Paul, Acts 23:17 and Paul having called near one of the centurions, said, 'This young man lead unto the chief captain, for he hath something to tell him.' Acts 23:18 He indeed, then, having taken him, brought him unto the chief captain, and saith, 'The prisoner Paul, having called me near, asked [me] this young man to bring unto thee, having something to say to thee.' Acts 23:19 And the chief captain having taken him by the hand, and having withdrawn by themselves, inquired, 'What is that which thou hast to tell me?'
is declared unto the chief captain.
Acts 23:20 and he said'The Jews agreed to request thee, that to-morrow to the sanhedrim thou mayest bring down Paul, as being about to enquire something more exactly concerning him; Acts 23:21 thou, therefore, mayest thou not yield to them, for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, who did anathematize themselvesnot to eat nor to drink till they kill him, and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from thee.' Acts 23:22 The chief captain, then, indeed, let the young man go, having charged [him] to tell no one, 'that these things thou didst shew unto me;' Acts 23:23 and having called near a certain two of the centurions, he said, 'Make ready soldiers two hundred, that they may go on unto Caesarea, and horsemen seventy, and spearmen two hundred, from the third hour of the night; Acts 23:24 beasts also provide, that, having set Paul on, they may bring him safe unto Felix the governor;' Acts 23:25 he having written a letter after this description: Acts 23:26 'Claudius Lysias, to the most noble governor Felix, hail:
He sendeth him to Felix the governor.
Acts 23:27 This man having been taken by the Jews, and being about to be killed by themhaving come with the soldiery, I rescued him, having learned that he is a Roman; Acts 23:28 and, intending to know the cause for which they were accusing him, I brought him down to their sanhedrim, Acts 23:29 whom I found accused concerning questions of their law, and having no accusation worthy of death or bonds; Acts 23:30 and a plot having been intimated to me against this manabout to be of the Jewsat once I sent unto thee, having given command also to the accusers to say the things against him before thee; be strong.' Acts 23:31 Then, indeed, the soldiers according to that directed them, having taken up Paul, brought him through the night to Antipatris, Acts 23:32 and on the morrow, having suffered the horsemen to go on with him, they returned to the castle; Acts 23:33 those having entered into Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, did present also Paul to him. Acts 23:34 And the governor having read [it], and inquired of what province he is, and understood that [he is] from Cilicia; Acts 23:35 'I will hear theesaid hewhen thine accusers also may have come;' he also commanded him to be kept in the praetorium of Herod.