Acts 23

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, aI have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him bto smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and ccommandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? 5 Then said Paul, dI wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, eThou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, gI am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: fof the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 8 hFor the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, kWe find no evil in this man: but jif a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, ilet us not fight against God. 10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

11 And lthe night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. 12 And when it was day, ncertain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves munder a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would inquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. 16 And owhen Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17 Then pPaul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 20 And he said, qThe Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there rlie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 25 And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. 27 sThis man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman. 28 tAnd when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council: 29 Whom I perceived to be accused vof questions of their law, ubut to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and wgave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell. 31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 33 Who, when they came to xCaesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of yCilicia; 35 I zwill hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in aHerod's judgment hall.

 
Cross Ref
1aAct 24:16
1 Cor 4:4
2 Cor 1:12
2 Tim 1:3
Heb 13:18
1 Pet 3:16
2b1 Kin 22:24
Joh 18:22
3cLev 19:35
5dAct 24:17
eExo 22:28
Ecc 10:20
2 Pet 2:10-11
Jud 1:8
6fAct 28:20
Act 24:21
Act 24:15
gPhi 3:5
8hMat 22:23
Mar 12:18
Luk 20:27
9iAct 11:17
Act 5:39
jAct 22:7
kLuk 23:4
Pro 16:17
11lPsa 46:1
Isa 41:10
Act 2:25
Act 18:9
12mMat 26:74
1 Kin 2:23
2 Sam 3:9
1 Sam 3:17
nRom 8:31
Act 25:3
Isa 8:9-10
16oJob 5:13
Pro 21:30
17pAct 22:26
Mat 8:8-9
20qAct 20:3
21r2 Cor 11:32-33
2 Cor 11:26
Act 14:5-6
Act 9:23-24
Mic 7:2
Isa 59:7
Pro 1:16
Psa 10:9
27sAct 21:33
Act 20:23
Act 23:10
28tAct 22:30
29uAct 26:31
Psa 27:12
vAct 24:5-6
Act 18:15
30wAct 24:8
33xAct 8:40
34yAct 6:9
35zAct 24:1
aMat 27:27