The Defense Before Felix

10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself, 11 because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem (A)to worship. 12 (B)And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to (C)the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the (D)God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in (E)the Law and in the Prophets. 15 (F)I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, (G)that there will be a resurrection [a]of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16 (H)This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

17 “Now after many years (I)I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation, 18 (J)in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me (K)purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult. 19 (L)They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. 20 Or else let those who are here themselves say [b]if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council, 21 unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, (M)‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’ ”

Felix Procrastinates

22 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the (N)Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, “When (O)Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case.” 23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and (P)told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 24:15 NU omits of the dead
  2. Acts 24:20 NU, M what wrongdoing they found