Acts Chapter 23
1 And Paulearnestly beholding the councilsaidMen andbrethrenI have lived in all good conscience before God untilthis day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by himto smite him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul unto himGod shall smite theethou whitedwallfor sittest thou to judge me after the lawandcommandest me to be smitten contrary to the law
4 And they that stood by saidRevilest thou God s high priest
5 Then said PaulI wist notbrethrenthat he was the highpriestfor it is writtenThou shalt not speak evil of theruler of thy people.
6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadduceesandthe other Phariseeshe cried out in the councilMen andbrethrenI am a Phariseethe son of a Phariseeof the hopeand resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7 And when he had so saidthere arose a dissension between thePharisees and the Sadduceesand the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrectionneitherangelnor spiritbut the Pharisees confess both.
9 And there arose a great cryand the scribes that were of thePhariseespart aroseand strovesayingWe find no evil inthis manbut if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to himletus not fight against God.
10 And when there arose a great dissensionthe chief captainfearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of themcommanded the soldiers to go downand to take him by forcefrom among themand to bring him into the castle.
11 And the night following the Lord stood by himand saidBe ofgood cheerPaulfor as thou hast testified of me inJerusalemso must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12 And when it was daycertain of the Jews banded togetherandbound themselves under a cursesaying that they would neithereat 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 eldersand saidWehave bound ourselves under a great cursethat we will eatnothing until we have slain Paul.
15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captainthat he bring him down unto you to morrowas though ye wouldenquire something more perfectly concerning himand weorever he come nearare ready to kill him.
16 And when Paul s sister s son heard of their lying in waithewent and entered into the castleand told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto himand said Bring this young man unto the chief captainfor he hath acertain thing to tell him.
18 So he took himand brought him to the chief captainandsaidPaul the prisoner called me unto himand prayed me tobring this young man unto theewho hath something to say untothee.
19 Then the chief captain took him by the handand went with himaside privatelyand asked himWhat is that thou hast to tellme
20 And he saidThe Jews have agreed to desire thee that thouwouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the councilas thoughthey would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
21 But do not thou yield unto themfor there lie in wait for himof them more than forty menwhich have bound themselves withan oaththat they will neither eat nor drink till they havekilled himand now are they readylooking for a promise fromthee.
22 So the chief captain then let the young man departandcharged himSee thou tell no man that thou hast shewed thesethings to me.
23 And he called unto him two centurionssayingMake ready twohundred soldiers to go to Caesareaand horsemen threescoreand tenand spearmen two hundredat the third hour of thenight
24 And provide them beaststhat they may set Paul onand bringhim safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter after this manner
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendethgreeting.
27 This man was taken of the Jewsand should have been killed ofthemthen came I with an armyand rescued himhavingunderstood that he was a Roman.
28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accusedhimI brought him forth into their council
29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their lawbutto have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or ofbonds.
30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for themanI sent straightway to theeand gave commandment to hisaccusers also to say before thee what they had against him.Farewell.
31 Then the soldiersas it was commanded themtook Paulandbrought him by night to Antipatris.
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with himandreturned to the castle
33 Whowhen they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle tothe governorpresented Paul also before him.
34 And when the governor had read the letterhe asked of whatprovince he was. And when he understood that he was ofCilicia
35 I will hear theesaid hewhen thine accusers are also come.And he commanded him to be kept in Herod s judgment hall.