The Acts of the Apostles. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[ 1] A ND after five days the high priest Ananias came down with certain elders, and with an orator, one Tertullus; and they informed the governor against Paul.
[ 2] And when he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying,
[ 3] Seeing that by thee we enjoy much peace, and that by thy providence evils are corrected for this nation,
[ 4] we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
[ 5] But, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I entreat thee to hear us of thy clemency a few words.
[ 6] For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the 1 world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
[ 7] who moreover assayed to profane the temple: on whom also we laid hold: 2
[ 8] from whom thou wilt be able, by examining him thyself, to take knowledge of all these things whereof we accuse him.
[ 9] And the Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that these things were so.
[ 10] And when the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, Paul answered,
[ 11] Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I cheerfully make my defence:
[ 12] seeing that thou canst take knowledge that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem:
[ 13] and neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man or stirring up a crowd, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city.
[ 14] Neither can they prove to thee the things whereof they now accuse me.
[ 15] But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they call a sect, so serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets;
[ 16] having hope toward God, which these also themselves look 3 for, that there shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust.
[ 17] Herein 4 I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and men always.
[ 18] Now after some years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings:
[ 19] amidst 5 which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet with tumult: but there were certain Jews from Asia
[ 20] who ought to have been here before thee, and to make accusation, if they had aught against me.
[ 21] Or else let these men themselves say what wrong-doing they found when I stood before the council,
[ 22] except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question before you this day.
[ 23] But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, When Lysias the chief 6 captain shall come down, I will determine your matter.
[ 24] And he gave order to the centurion that he should be kept in charge, and should have indulgence; and not to forbid any of his friends to minister unto him.
[ 25] But after certain days, Felix came with Drusilla, his 7 wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus.
[ 26] And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.
[ 27] He hoped withal that money would be given him of Paul: wherefore also he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
[ 28] But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds.
Gr. Note 1. the inhabited earth. [ back]
Some ancient authorities insert Note 2. and we would have judged him according to our law. 7 But the chief captain Lysias came, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 8 commanding his accusers to come before thee. [ back]
Or, Note 3. accept. [ back]
Or, Note 4. On this account. [ back]
Or, Note 5. in presenting which. [ back]
Or, Note 6. military tribune.Gr. chiliarch. [ back]
Gr. Note 7. his own wife. [ back]