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Acts 24

1 So after five days the chief priest Ananias came down with certain elders and [a] lawyer, a certain Tertullus, who informed the ruler against Paul. 2 So having been called, Tertullus began to be accusing [him] saying: Attaining much peace through you, and reforms having come to pass to this nation through your foresight, 3 always and everywhere we recognize, O most excellent Felix, with all gratitude. 4 So in order that I not detain you further, I call upon you to hear us briefly in your fairness. 5 For having found this man [a] pestilent [fellow], and moving to strife all the Jews against the world ruler, and of the sect of the Nazarenes, who even attempted to profane the temple, 6 whom we also arrested, and according to our own law we wanted to judge. 7 But Lusias the commander, having come with much violence, brought him out of our hands, 8 having ordered his accusers to be coming to you, by which you yourself will be able, having examined concerning all these [things], to know what we accuse of him. 9 So the Jews also joined in the attack, asserting to be having these [things] thusly. 10 And Paul answered, the ruler having nodded to him, saying: Knowing that you have been judge to this nation for many years I cheerfully defend the [things], 11 you being able to know that there are not more than twelve days to me from which I went up praying to Jerusalem. 12 And they neither found me in the temple discussing with some nor making [an] attack of the people, neither in the synagogues nor in the city, 13 nor are they able to present to you concerning what they now accuse of me. 14 So I confess this to you, that according to the way which they call [a] sect, thus do I minister to the God of [my] fathers, believing in everything having been written in the law and the prophets, 15 having hope in God, whom these themselves also accept, in the impending resurrection of the just and the unjust. 16 In this I also engage myself, having [a] clear conscience to God and men in everything. 17 But for more years I came doing mercies to my nation, and offerings, 18 in which they found me purified in the temple, not with crowd or turmoil, 19 but some Jews from Asia, who must be present before you and be accusing if [they] have anything against me. 20 Or let1 these themselves say what injustice they found, having stood me before the council, 21 or concerning this one voice which I cried out standing among them, that: Concerning [the] resurrection of the dead am I judged today by you. 22 So Felix postponed them, carefully knowing the [things] concerning the Way, saying: When Lucias the commander comes down, I will determine the [things] according to you; 23 having ordered the centurion to keep him, and him to be having freedom and to be hindering none of his own to be serving him. 24 So after some days Felix, having arrived with Drusilla his wife being Jewish, he sent for Paul, and heard from him concerning belief in Christ Jesus. 25 So while he was discussing concerning justice and self-control and the impending judgment, Felix having become frightened answered: For the time being be going, and having [an] opportune-time2 I will summon you; 26 together also hoping that he will be given money by Paul. Therefore also having more often summoned him he conversed with him. 27 So two years having been fulfilled, Felix received [his] successor Porkios Phestus. And wanting to grant the Jews [a] grace, Felix left Paul bound.


2KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'