Paul Kept in Custody
But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the u Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When v Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."
So he commanded the centurion to keep Paul and to let him have liberty, and w told him not to forbid any of his friends to provide for or visit him.
And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the x faith in Christ.
Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you."
Meanwhile he also hoped that y money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.
But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, z wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.
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And asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way.
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
Claudius Lysias, To the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands.
So when Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.
Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
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And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.
You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.
And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
He said, "I will hear you when your accusers also have come." And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's Praetorium.
But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?
When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying: "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix.