1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all
good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the
3 Then Paul said to him, God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge
me according to the Law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the Law?
4 And those who stood by said, Do you revile God's high priest?
5 Then Paul said, I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written,
You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.
6 But when Paul perceived that 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;
concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the
Sadducees; and the multitude was divided.
8 For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection; and no angel or spirit; but the
Pharisees confess both.
9 Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and
protested, saying, We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to
him, let us not fight against God.
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by
force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.
11 But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, Be of good courage, Paul;
for as you have testified of Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
12 And when it was day, some of the Jews made a pact and bound themselves under an
oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they should kill Paul.
13 And there were more than forty who made this conspiracy.
14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves
under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.
15 Now you, therefore, together with the council, communicate to the commander that
he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make more specific
inquiries concerning him; and we are ready to kill him before he comes near.
16 So when Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks
and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, Lead this young man to the
commander, for he has something to tell him.
18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, Paul the prisoner called
me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.
19 Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside and asked privately, What is
it that you have to tell me?
20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to ask that you bring Paul down to the council
tomorrow, as though they were going to make more specific inquiries about him.
21 But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, men
who have bound themselves by an oath that they will neither eat nor drink till they have
killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.
22 So the commander let the young man depart, and commanded him, Tell no one that
you have disclosed these things to me.
23 And he summoned two centurions, saying, Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night;
24 and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter in the following manner:
26 Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming with
the troops I rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.
28 And when I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I brought him before their
29 I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing
charged against him deserving of death or bonds.
30 And when it was disclosed to me that the Jews were about to carry out a plot against
the man, I sent him immediately to you, and also commanded his accusers to state before
you the charges against him. Farewell.
31 Then the soldiers, as they were commanded, took Paul and brought him by night to
32 The next day they left the horsemen to go on with him, and returned to the barracks.
33 When they came to Caesarea and had delivered the letter to the governor, they also
presented Paul to him.
34 And when the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. And when
he understood that he was from Cilicia,
35 he said, I will fully hear you when your accusers also have come. And he commanded
him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium.