Acts 23
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Paul before the Sanhedrin

1And Paul, looking the sanhedrim in the face, said, Men, brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God unto this day. 2And the high priest Ananias commanded those standing near him to smite him in the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, God is about to smite thee, thou whitewashed wall: indeed thou art sitting judging me according to the law, and dost thou command me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4And those standing by said, Do you revile the high priest of God? 5And Paul said, Brethren, I did not know that he is the high priest; for it is written, You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.

6And Paul knowing that one part of them belongs to the Sadducees, and another to the Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of the Pharisees: concerning the hope and the resurrection of the dead I am judged. 7And he speaking this, there was a dissension of the Pharisees and Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8For the Sadducees indeed say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9And there was a great clamor: and certain ones of the scribes on the part of the Pharisees, rising up, continued to strive, saying, We find nothing evil in this man: but has a spirit or an angel spoken to him? 10And the dissension being great, the chiliarch fearing lest Paul may be torn to pieces by them, commanded the army, having gone down, to take him from their midst, and lead him into the castle.

11And on the following night, the Lord standing over him, said, Take courage: for as thou hast testified to the things concerning me in Jerusalem, so it behooveth thee also to testify to me in Rome.

The Plot to Kill Paul
(John 16:1–4)

12And it being day, the Jews having formed a conspiracy, obligated themselves by an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they might kill Paul. 13And there were more than forty having made this plot: 14who, having come to the chief priests and elders, said, We have anathematized ourselves with an anathema, to taste nothing until we may kill Paul. 15Now therefore do you appeal to the chiliarch along with the sanhedrim, that he may lead him down to you, as about to investigate matters concerning him more thoroughly: and we are ready to kill him before he comes nigh.

16And the son of Paul's sister, having heard of ambuscade, coming and entering into the castle, reported it to Paul. 17And Paul, having called one of the centurions, said, Lead this young man to the chiliarch: for he has something to tell him. 18Then indeed taking him, he led him to the chiliarch, and says, Paul the prisoner, having called me, requested me to lead this young man to you, having something to tell you. 19And the chiliarch taking him by the hand, and having gone away privately, asked him, What is that which you have to tell me? 20And he said, The Jews have entered into an agreement to ask you that to-morrow you may lead Paul to the sanhedrim, as about to make inquiry as to something more definite concerning him. 21Therefore do not be persuaded by them: for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, who have obligated themselves by an oath, neither to eat nor drink until they may kill him: and now they are ready, awaiting the promise from you. 22Then indeed the chiliarch sent away the young man, having commanded him to Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me.

Paul Sent to Felix

23And having called a certain two of the centurions, he said, Get ready two hundred soldiers that they may go unto Caesarea, and seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, from the third hour of the night; 24and prepare beasts of burden, that, having carried away Paul, you may deliver him safe to Felix the governor. 25Writing a letter having this form:

26Claudius Lysias to the most noble governor Felix, greeting.

27This man, having been taken by the Jews, and being about to be put to death by them, having interposed with my army, I took out of their hands, having learned that he is a Roman: 28and wishing to know the cause on account of which they clamored against him, I led him into their sanhedrim: 29whom I found accused concerning questions of their law, having no charge worthy of death or bonds.

30And a plot from them being revealed to me to be against the man, I sent him to thee, having commanded his accusers also to speak in thy presence. 31Then indeed the soldiers, according to that which had been commanded them, taking Paul led him by night to Antipatris: 32And on the following day letting the cavalry go on with him, they returned to the castle. 33Who, having come into Caesarea, and delivered the letter to the governor, also committed Paul to him. 34And having read, and made inquiry of what jurisdiction, 35and ascertaining that he is from Cilicia, said, I will hear thee, when thy accusers may also be present, having commanded that he should be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

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