Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
Acts 24:1 And after five days came down the chief priest Ananias, with the elders, and a certain oratorTertullus, and they made manifest to the governor [the things] against Paul; Acts 24:2 and he having been called, Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, 'Much peace enjoying through thee, and worthy deeds being done to this nation through thy forethought, Acts 24:3 always, also, and everywhere we receive it, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness; Acts 24:4 and that I may not be further tedious to thee, I pray thee to hear us concisely in thy gentleness; Acts 24:5 for having found this man a pestilence, and moving a dissension to all the Jews through the worlda ringleader also of the sect of the Nazarenes Acts 24:6 who also the temple did try to profane, whom also we took, and according to our law did wish to judge, Acts 24:7 and Lysias the chief captain having come near, with much violence, out of our hands did take away, Acts 24:8 having commanded his accusers to come to thee, from whom thou mayest be able, thyself having examined, to know concerning all these things of which we accuse him;' Acts 24:9 and the Jews also agreed, professing these things to be so.
answereth for his life and doctrine.
Acts 24:10 And Paul answeredthe governor having beckoned to him to speak'Knowing [that] for many years thou hast been a judge to this nation, the more cheerfully the things concerning myself I do answer; Acts 24:11 thou being able to know that it is not more than twelve days to me since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, Acts 24:12 and neither in the temple did they find me reasoning with any one, or making a dissension of the multitude, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city; Acts 24:13 nor are they able to prove against me the things concerning which they now accuse me. Acts 24:14 'And I confess this to thee, that, according to the way that they call a sect, so serve I the God of the fathers, believing all things that in the law and the prophets have been written, Acts 24:15 having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, [that] there is about to be a rising again of the dead, both of righteous and unrighteous; Acts 24:16 and in this I do exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always. Acts 24:17 'And after many years I came, about to do kind acts to my nation, and offerings, Acts 24:18 in which certain Jews from Asia did find me purified in the temple, not with multitude, nor with tumult, Acts 24:19 whom it behoveth to be present before thee, and to accuse, if they had anything against me, Acts 24:20 or let these same say if they found any unrighteousness in me in my standing before the sanhedrim, Acts 24:21 except concerning this one voice, in which I cried, standing among themConcerning a rising again of the dead I am judged to-day by you.' Acts 24:22 And having heard these things, Felix delayed themhaving known more exactly of the things concerning the waysaying, 'When Lysias the chief captain may come down, I will know fully the things concerning you;' Acts 24:23 having given also a direction to the centurion to keep Paul, to let [him] also have liberty, and to forbid none of his own friends to minister or to come near to him.
He preacheth Christ to the governor and his wife.
Acts 24:24 And after certain days, Felix having come with Drusilla his wife, being a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith toward Christ, Acts 24:25 and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, 'For the present be going, and having got time, I will call for thee;'
The governor hopeth for a bribe, but in vain.
Acts 24:26 and at the same time also hoping that money shall be given to him by Paul, that he may release him, therefore, also sending for him the oftener, he was conversing with him;
At last, going out of his office, he leaveth Paul in prison.
Acts 24:27 and two years having been fulfilled, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus; Felix also willing to lay a favour on the Jews, left Paul bound.