Paul Kept in Custody
But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of x the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case."
Then he gave orders to the centurion that he y should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that z none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.
After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about a faith b in Christ Jesus.
And as he reasoned c about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. d When I get an opportunity I will summon you."
At the same time he hoped e that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him.
When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius f Festus. And g desiring to do the Jews a favor, h Felix left Paul in prison.
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But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets.
And asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.
The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for.
Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Titus 2:12 - 13
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, "We will hear you again about this.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings.
Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.
But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?
And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man left prisoner by Felix.
But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.