Weymouth New testament
Tertullus Accuses Paul Before Felix
1Five days after this, Ananias the High Priest came down to Caesarea with a number of Elders and a pleader called Tertullus. They stated to the Governor the case against Paul. 2So Paul was sent for, and Tertullus began to impeach him as follows: "Indebted as we are," he said, "to you, most noble Felix, for the perfect peace which we enjoy, and for reforms which your wisdom has introduced to this nation, 3in every instance and in every place we accept them with profound gratitude. 4But—not to detain you too long—I beg you in your forbearance to listen to a brief statement from us. 5For we have found this man Paul a source of mischief and a disturber of the peace among all the Jews throughout the Empire, and a ringleader in the heresy of the Nazarenes. 6He even attempted to profane the Temple, but we arrested him. 7 8You, however, by examining him, will yourself be able to learn the truth as to all this which we allege against him." 9The Jews also joined in the charge, maintaining that these were facts.
Paul Defends His Testimony
10Then, at a sign from the Governor, Paul answered, "Knowing, Sir, that for many years you have administered justice to this nation, I cheerfully make my defence. 11For you have it in your power to ascertain that it is not more than twelve days ago that I went up to worship in Jerusalem; 12and that neither in the Temple nor in the synagogues, nor anywhere in the city, did they find me disputing with any opponent or collecting a crowd about me. 13Nor can they prove the charges which they are now bringing against me. 14But this I confess to you—that in the way which they style a heresy, I worship the God of our forefathers, believing everything that is taught in the Law or is written in the Prophets, 15and having a hope directed towards God, which my accusers themselves also entertain, that before long there will be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous. 16This too is my own earnest endeavour—always to have a clear conscience in relation to God and man. 17"Now after an interval of several years I came to bring alms to my nation, and to offer sacrifices. 18While I was busy about these, they found me in the Temple purified, with no crowd around me and no uproar; but there were certain Jews from the province of Asia. 19They ought to have been here before you, and to have been my prosecutors, if they have any charge to bring against me. 20Or let these men themselves say what misdemeanour they found me guilty of when I stood before the Sanhedrin, 21unless it was in that one expression which I made use of when I shouted out as I stood among them, "'The resurrection of the dead is the thing about which I am on my trial before you to-day.'"
Felix Holds Paul in Custody
22At this point Felix, who was fairly well informed about the new faith, adjourned the trial, saying to the Jews, "When the Tribune Lysias comes down, I will enter carefully into the matter." 23And he gave orders to the Captain that Paul was to be kept in custody, but be treated with indulgence, and that his personal friends were not to be prevented from showing him kindness.
24Not long after this, Felix came with Drusilla his wife, a Jewess, and sending for Paul, listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25But when he dealt with the subjects of justice, self-control, and the judgement which was soon to come, Felix became alarmed and said, "For the present leave me, and when I can find a convenient opportunity I will send for you." 26At the same time he hoped that Paul would give him money; and for this reason he sent for him the oftener to converse with him. 27But after the lapse of fully two years Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and being desirous of gratifying the Jews, Felix left Paul still in prison.