Acts of the Apostles

Acts 24

1. And after five days, Ananias, the chief high priest, together with the priests and Tertullus the prosecutor, presented their case* to the governor against Paul.
2. And when he was called, Tertullus cited his accusation against [Paul] and said, "We have lived for many years under your protection,* and a great many benefits have been gained by the people through your efforts,*
3. "And all of us everywhere, have received your bounty, O, excellent Felix.
4. "However, not to weary you with too many things, I beg you to listen kindly to our explanation.
5. "For we have found this man to be an alienator and he creates trouble* for all the Judeans in the whole earth*. For he is the head of the Nazarene* teachings.
6. "And he wished to defile our temple. And as we arrested him, we wanted to try him according to our Law.
7. "However, Commander Lucius came and with a tremendous effort grabbed him from our hands and he sent him to you.
8. "And he ordered his accusers to come to you, and you can, as you question him, learn from him about all these things of which we are accusing him."
9. The Judeans also chimed in against him, while saying, "It is so!"*
10. And the governor signaled to Paul to speak. And Paul replied and said, "For many years I have known that you have been a people's judge here, and because of this I gladly pour out my spirit on my own behalf.*
11. "As you can find out,* I had not been up in Jerusalem for more than twelve days, to worship.
12. "And they could not find me to have spoken to anybody* at the temple, and also I did not gather a crowd [around me,] neither in their synagogue, nor in the city.
13. "And they cannot show you anything in their hands as cause for what they are accusing me of.
14. "However, this I do confess, that through these teachings that they speak of, I work for the Allaha of my ancestors, while I believe in everything that is written in the Law and by the prophets,
15. "And as I have hope in Allaha, as they also have this hope, that it is destined that there will be a resurrection for the dead,* of the righteous and the abominable.
16. "Because of this I have also endeavored to maintain a clear conscious before Allaha and before humanity with all sincerity.
17. "For many years, I have brought to my people* righteous offerings and the participation in holy Communion.
18. "And they found me in the temple while performing [the ceremonial] cleansing, neither in a crowd, nor a disturbance, except for the fact* that the Judeans who came from Asia rioted,
19. "Those who had vowed to stand with me before you, and bring up their charges.
20. "Or they should say what foolishness they found in me, while I stood before the gathering.
21. "Except for only one manifestation that I cried out while I stood between them; regarding the resurrection of the dead I am being judged this day before you."
22. Felix, however, who knew about the Way fully, demurred at them, while saying, "When the commander comes I will hear [the matter] between you."
23. And he ordered the centurion to place Paul in protective custody.* And that none of the people that knew him should be stopped from ministering to him.

24. And after a few days, Felix and his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul to hear him speak about the faith in the Messiah.*
25. And as he spoke with them about righteousness and about holiness and about the coming* Judgment, Felix was filled with fear, and he said, "Go now, and when my conscience is clear I will send for you."
26. For he expected that some contribution would be given him from Paul, and because of that he also sent for him surely to be brought and to hear him speak to them.
27. And as two years went by,* another governor took his place, who was called Porcius Festus. Felix, however, as though he were doing the Judeans a favor, left Paul a prisoner.


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Footnotes:
*24:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Informed against."
*24:2.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Under your shade or tent."
*24:2.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "By your bearing [the weight.]"
*24:5.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Shows disturbance."
*24:5.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "World."
*24:5.3 Another name for "Christians" from Arabic, still in use (Nussrani).
*24:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "These are such these."
*24:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "I gladly exude the spirit over the self's faces or [behalves.]" Or: "speak boldly in my own defense."
*24:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Know."
*24:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*24:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of dead."
*24:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Children of my nation or people."
*24:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Except if."
*24:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To guard him in comfort."
*24:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And from after few days, a Jewess, and called Paul, and heard from him about the faith of Messiah."
*24:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Destined."
*24:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Two years were filled."