Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2And the high priest Ananias commanded them
that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me
to be smitten contrary to the law?
that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of
6But when Paul perceived that
the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the
son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the
Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part
arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against
10And when there arose a great dissension,
the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to
take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast
testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying
that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves
under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to
morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill
16And when Paul's sister's son heard
of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain:
for he hath a certain thing to tell him.
he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring
this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.
the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?
20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire
thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21But do not thou yield unto them: for there
lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor
drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.
22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou
tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.
he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and
ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;
provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.
25And he wrote a letter after this manner:
26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came
I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
28And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their
29Whom I perceived to be accused
of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
30And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway
to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.
31Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night
32On the morrow they left the
horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was.
And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;
will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.