23 1And Paul, looking stedfastly on the council, said, Brethren, I
have lived before God in all good conscience until this day.
high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the
3Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall:
and sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and commandest me to be
smitten contrary to the law?
4And they that stood by said, Revilest thou
God's high priest?
5And Paul said, I knew not, brethren, that he was high
priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy
6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the
other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a
son of Pharisees: touching the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called
7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between
the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.
Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but
the Pharisees confess both.
9And there arose a great clamor: and some of
the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and strove, saying, We find no
evil in this man: and what if a spirit hath spoken to him, or an angel?
10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing
lest Paul should be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down
and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the castle.
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good
cheer: for as thou hast testified concerning me at Jerusalem, so must thou
bear witness also at Rome.
12And when it was day, the Jews banded
together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither
eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13And they were more than forty
that made this conspiracy.
14And they came to the chief priests and the
elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste
nothing until we have killed Paul.
15Now therefore do ye with the council
signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you, as though ye
would judge of his case more exactly: and we, before he comes near, are ready
to slay him.
16But Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, and
he came and entered into the castle and told Paul.
17And Paul called unto
him one of the centurions, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief
captain; for he hath something to tell him.
18So he took him, and brought
him to the chief captain, and saith, Paul the prisoner called me unto him,
and asked me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say to
19And the chief captain took him by the hand, and going aside asked
him privately, What is it that thou hast to tell me?
20And he said, The
Jews have agreed to ask thee to bring down Paul tomorrow unto the council, as
though thou wouldest inquire somewhat more exactly concerning him.
not thou therefore yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them
more than forty men, who have bound themselves under a curse, neither to eat
nor to drink till they have slain him: and now are they ready, looking for
the promise from thee.
22So the chief captain let the young man go,
charging him, Tell no man that thou hast signified these things to me.
23And he called unto him two of the centurions, and said, Make ready two
hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten,
and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night:
bade them provide beasts, that they might set Paul thereon, and bring him
safe unto Felix the governor.
25And he wrote a letter after this form:
26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix, greeting.
27This man was seized by the Jews, and was about to be slain of them,
when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that
he was a Roman.
28And desiring to know the cause wherefore they accused
him, I brought him down unto their council:
29whom I found to be accused
about questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy
of death or of bonds.
30And when it was shown to me that there would be a
plot against the man, I sent him to thee forthwith, charging his accusers
also to speak against him before thee.
31So the soldiers, as it was
commanded them, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
on the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the
33and they, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter
to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
34And when he had read
it, he asked of what province he was; and when he understood that he was of
35I will hear thee fully, said he, when thine accusers also are
come: and he commanded him to be kept in Herod's palace.