504-505 : Paul Is Brought Before Felix :YEAR 0059

504-505  : Paul Is Brought Before Felix :YEAR 0059


When it was day, certain of his enemies banded together under a pledge saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
 They came to the chief priests and elders,
and said, "Ask the chief captain to bring him down to you tomorrow,
 as though you wished to question him further.
 And we, as he comes, will be ready to kill him."

But the son of Paul's sister heard of their lying in wait and went to the castle and told Paul.
 Then Paul called one of the centurions and had the young man brought to the chief captain.
 And when he had told him of the plot, the chief captain let the young man depart,
saying, "See that you tell no man that you have told these things to me."

Then he called two centurions,saying, "Make ready two hundred soldiers and go to Caesarea with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen.
 Go at the third hour of the night and bring him safe to Felix the governor."
Then the soldiers, as they were commanded, took Paul and brought him to Caesarea.


After five days, Ananias, the high priest,
 came down with the elders and with a certain orator named Tertullus
who spoke to the governor against Paul, saying:
"We have found this man a pestilent fellow,
 and a mover of sedition among all the Jews througlrout the world,
and a ring-Leader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
He also has gone about profaning the temple.
 We seized him and would have judged him according to our law,
 but the chief captain came upon us and with great violence took him away out of our hands, commanding his accusers to come to you."

Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned him to speak, answered:
"They neither found me in the temple disputing with any man,
nor raising up the people in the synagogues or in the city.
Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me."

When Felix heard these things, he said, "When the chief captain comes down,
 I will know more about your matter."
 And he commanded a centurion to guard Paul,
 and to let him have some liberty and that he should forbid none of his acquaintances to come to him and care for him.
And Felix often sent for Paul to hear him.

Paul was still a prisoner when, after two years, Porcius Festus came to take Felix's place.
 And Felix, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.




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