24:1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and [with] a certain orator [named] Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
24:1 Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul.

24:2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse [him], saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
24:2 And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: "Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight,

24:3 We accept [it] always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
24:3 "we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
24:4 "Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us.

24:5 For we have found this man [a] pestilent [fellow], and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
24:5 "For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
24:6 "He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.

24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came [upon us], and with great violence took [him] away out of our hands,
24:7 "But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,

24:8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
24:8 "commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."

24:9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
24:9 And the Jews also assented, maintaining that these things were so.

24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
24:10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,

24:11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
24:11 "because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
24:12 "And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.

24:13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
24:13 "Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.

24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
24:14 "But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.

24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
24:15 "I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.
24:16 "This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
24:17 "Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,

24:18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
24:18 "in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.

24:19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
24:19 "They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.

24:20 Or else let these same [here] say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
24:20 "Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,

24:21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
24:21 "unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.'"

24:22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of [that] way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
24:22 But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."

24:23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let [him] have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
24:23 So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.

24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
24:24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."

24:26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
24:26 Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.

24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.