1Five days later the high priest An‧a‧ni′as came down with some older men and a public speaker, a certain Ter‧tul′lus, and they gave information to the governor against Paul.2When he was called, Ter‧tul′lus started accusing him, saying:
“Seeing that we enjoy great peace through you and that reforms are taking place in this nation through your forethought,3at all times and also in all places we receive it, Your Excellency Felix, with the greatest thankfulness.4But that I may not hinder you any further, I beseech you to hear us briefly in your kindliness.5For we have found this man a pestilent fellow and stirring up seditions among all the Jews throughout the inhabited earth and a spearhead of the sect of the Naz‧a‧renes′,6one who also tried to profane the temple and whom we seized.7——8From him you yourself can by examination find out about all these things of which we are accusing him.”
“Knowing well that this nation has had you as judge for many years, I readily speak in my defense the things about myself,11as you are in a position to find out that for me it has not been more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem;12and they found me neither in the temple arguing with anyone nor causing a mob to rush together, either in the synagogues or throughout the city.13Nor can they prove to you the things of which they are accusing me right now.14But I do admit this to you, that, according to the way that they call a ‘sect,’ in this manner I am rendering sacred service to the God of my forefathers, as I believe all the things set forth in the Law and written in the Prophets;15and I have hope toward God, which hope these [men] themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.16In this respect, indeed, I am exercising myself continually to have a consciousness of committing no offense against God and men.17So after quite a number of years I arrived to bring gifts of mercy to my nation, and offerings.18While I was at these matters they found me ceremonially cleansed in the temple, but not with a crowd or with a tumult. But there were certain Jews from the [district of] Asia,19who ought to be present before you and to accuse me if they might have anything against me.20Or, let the [men] here say for themselves what wrong they found as I stood before the San′he‧drin,21except with respect to this one utterance which I cried out while standing among them, ‘Over the resurrection of the dead I am today being judged before YOU!’”
22However, Felix, knowing quite accurately the matters concerning this Way, began to put the [men] off and said: “Whenever Lys′i‧as the military commander comes down, I shall decide upon these matters involving YOU.”23And he ordered the army officer that the man be kept and have some relaxation [of custody], and that he forbid no one of his people to wait upon him.
24Some days later Felix arrived with Dru‧sil′la his wife, who was a Jewess, and he sent for Paul and listened to him on the belief in Christ Jesus.25But as he talked about righteousness and self‐control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and answered: “For the present go your way, but when I get an opportune time I shall send for you again.”26At the same time, though, he was hoping for money to be given him by Paul. On that account he sent for him even more frequently and would converse with him.27But, when two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and because Felix desired to gain favor with the Jews, he left Paul bound.