Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some of the elders and an advocate named Tertullus, and they laid information against Paul before the governor.
Paul was called, and Tertullus opened for the prosecution, 'Your Excellency, Felix, the unbroken peace we enjoy and the reforms this nation owes to your foresight
are matters we accept, always and everywhere, with all gratitude.
I do not want to take up too much of your time, but I urge you in your graciousness to give us a brief hearing.
We have found this man a perfect pest; he stirs up trouble among Jews the world over and is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect.
He has even attempted to profane the Temple. We placed him under arrest.
'I know that you have administered justice over this nation for many years, and I can therefore speak with confidence in my defence.
If you ask him you can find out for yourself the truth of all our accusations against this man.'
The Jews supported him, asserting that these were the facts.
When the governor motioned him to speak, Paul answered:
As you can verify for yourself, it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem on pilgrimage,
and it is not true that they ever found me arguing with anyone or stirring up the mob, either in the Temple, in the synagogues, or about the town;
neither can they give you any proof of the accusations they are making against me now.
'What I do admit to you is this: it is according to the Way, which they describe as a sect, that I worship the God of my ancestors, retaining my belief in all points of the Law and in what is written in the prophets;
and I hold the same hope in God as they do that there will be a resurrection of the upright and the wicked alike.
In these things, I, as much as they, do my best to keep a clear conscience at all times before God and everyone.
'After several years I came to bring relief-money to my nation and to make offerings;
it was in connection with these that they found me in the Temple; I had been purified, and there was no crowd involved, and no disturbance.
But some Jews from Asia -- these are the ones who should have appeared before you and accused me of whatever they had against me.
At least let those who are present say what crime they held against me when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
unless it were to do with this single claim, when I stood up among them and called out, "It is about the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today." '
At this, Felix, who was fairly well informed about the Way, adjourned the case, saying, 'When Lysias the tribune comes down I will give judgement about your case.'
He then gave orders to the centurion that Paul should be kept under arrest but free from restriction, and that none of his own people should be prevented from seeing to his needs.
Some days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and gave him a hearing on the subject of faith in Christ Jesus.
But when Paul began to treat of uprightness, self-control and the coming Judgement, Felix took fright and said, 'You may go for the present; I will send for you when I find it convenient.'
At the same time he had hopes of receiving money from Paul, and for this reason he sent for him frequently and had talks with him.
When two years came to an end, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus and, being anxious to gain favour with the Jews, Felix left Paul in custody.
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