Paul’s trial before Felix
1Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They pressed charges against Paul before the governor. 2After the governor summoned Paul, Tertullus began to make his case against him. He declared, "Under your leadership, we have experienced substantial peace, and your administration has brought reforms to our nation. 3Always and everywhere, most honorable Felix, we acknowledge this with deep gratitude. 4I don’t want to take too much of your time, so I ask that you listen with your usual courtesy to our brief statement of the facts. 5We have found this man to be a troublemaker who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the empire. He’s a ringleader of the Nazarene faction 6and even tried to defile the temple. That’s when we arrested him.#Critical editions of the Gk New Testament do not include We wanted to put him on trial according to our Law, but Lysias the commander arrived and took him from our hands with great force. Then he ordered his accusers to appear before you. 8By examining him yourself, you will be able to verify the allegations we are bringing against him." 9The Jews reinforced the action against Paul, affirming the truth of these accusations.
10The governor nodded at Paul, giving him permission to speak.
He responded, "I know that you have been judge over this nation for many years, so I gladly offer my own defense. 11You can verify that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago. 12They didn’t find me arguing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd, whether in the synagogue or anywhere else in the city. 13Nor can they prove to you the allegations they are now bringing against me. 14I do admit this to you, that I am a follower of the Way, which they call a faction. Accordingly, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe everything set out in the Law and written in the Prophets. 15The hope I have in God I also share with my accusers, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16On account of this, I have committed myself to maintaining a clear conscience before God and with all people. 17After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring gifts for the poor of my nation and to offer sacrifices. 18When they found me in the temple, I was ritually pure. There was no crowd and no disturbance. 19But there were some Jews from the province of Asia. They should be here making their accusations, if indeed they have something against me. 20In their absence, have these people who are here declare what crime they found when I stood before the Jerusalem Council. 21Perhaps it concerns this one statement that I blurted out when I was with them: ‘I am on trial before you today because of the resurrection of the dead.’"
22Felix, who had an accurate understanding of the Way, adjourned the meeting. He said, "When Lysias the commander arrives from Jerusalem, I will decide this case." 23He arranged for a centurion to guard Paul. He was to give Paul some freedom, and his friends were not to be hindered in their efforts to provide for him.
Paul in custody
24After several days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and summoned Paul. He listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus. 25When he spoke about upright behavior, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful and said, "Go away for now! When I have time, I’ll send for you." 26At the same time, he was hoping that Paul would offer him some money, so he often sent for him and talked with him.
27When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.