30 “‘A tithe(A) of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy(B) to the Lord.

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Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees(A) and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers,(B) I am a Pharisee,(C) descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”(D) When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection,(E) and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)

There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees(F) stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,”(G) they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”(H) 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.(I)

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage!(J) As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”(K)

The Plot to Kill Paul

12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy(L) and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.(M) 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.(N) 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin(O) petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”

16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks(P) and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.

The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner,(Q) sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”

20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin(R) tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.(S) 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty(T) of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him.(U) They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”

Paul Transferred to Caesarea

23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen[a] to go to Caesarea(V) at nine tonight.(W) 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”(X)

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  1. Acts 23:23 The meaning of the Greek for this word is uncertain.

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