1. And as Paul gazed at the gathering, he said, "Brethren,* I have been blessed in every way before God until today."
2. And the high priest Ananias ordered those standing next to him to strike Paul across his mouth.
3. And Paul said to him, "It was destined that God should strike you, O, whitewashed column. And you sit there in judgement of me, according to the Law, while you transgress the Law and order them to strike me?"
4. And those who stood there told him, "You are mocking a high priest of God?"
5. Paul said to them, "I did not know, brethren, that he was a high priest, for it was written that you shall not curse the head of your nation."
6. And as Paul knew that some of the people were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, he shouted at the gathering, "Brethren,* I am a Pharisee, son of Pharisees, and according to the faith* in the resurrection of the dead I shall be judged."
7. And as he said this, they turned one against the other,* and dissension broke out among the people.
8. For the Sadducees said that there is neither a resurrection, nor angels, nor spirit. The Pharisees, however, confess them all.*
9. And there was great noise, and there rose some scribes from the side of the Pharisees, and quarreled with them and said, "We do not find anything evil in this man. If the Spirit or an angel spoke with him, what is [wrong] with that?"
10. And as there was a great disturbance between them, the commander was afraid they might tear Paul to pieces,* and he sent for the Roman [soldiers] to come and pluck him from between them and take* him to the compound.
11. And when it was nighttime, our Lord appeared to Paul, and he told him, "Be strengthened, for just as you testified over me in Jerusalem, thus it is destined for you to testify in Rome."
12. And at daybreak, some of the Jews gathered and they anathematized them, [so as they] shall not eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13. Those who took this stand by swearing, however, were more than forty men.
14. And they approached the high priests and priests and said, "We proclaim anathema against ourselves,* not to taste a thing until we have killed Paul.*
15. "And now you and the heads of the synagogue ask the commander to bring [Paul] to you, as if you want sincerely to be satisfied regarding what he preaches,* and we will be delighted to kill him before he even reaches you."
16. And the son of Paul's sister heard of this ambush and he entered the compound and informed Paul of the plan.
17. And Paul sent for one of the centurions and told him, Take the young man here to the commander, for he has something to tell him."
18. And the centurion took the young man and entered to the commander and said, "The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, that he has something to say to you."
19. And the commander took the young man by his hand and dragged him to one side, and questioned him, "What do you have to say to me?"
20. And the young man told him, "The Jews are planning to ask you to take Paul down from here to their synagogue, like they are desiring to lean something more from him.
21. "You, however, should not accommodate them. For, behold, more than forty of their men are carefully guarding [his approach,] they have anathematized themselves, not to eat and not to drink until they kill him. And behold, they sit and wait for your order."
22. And the commander released the young man, while he ordered him that no one* should know that the plan [was revealed] to him.
23. And he called two centurions and told them, "Go and prepare two hundred Romans to go to Caesarea, and seventy attendants, and send two hundred forerunners three hours after midnight.*
24. "And provide mounts also for Paul so that he may ride out with you to Felix the governor."
25. And he wrote a letter and gave it to them, in which was written,
26. "Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix, shalom.
27. "The Jews seized this man and were going to kill him. And I arrived with the Romans and saved him, as I learned he was Roman.
28. "And as I wanted to know the cause for which they were beating him, I brought down their community [leaders.]
29. "And it was found that it was regarding the particulars of the Law that they were beating him, and there was no cause to imprison him or put him to death.
30. "And as it was secretly reported to me that there was a plot to ambush him by the Jews, at once I sent him to you and ordered his accusers to come and speak against him before you. Take care."
31. Then the Romans, as they were ordered, fetched Paul in the night and brought him to the town of Antipatris.
32. And on the following day, the attendants untied his legs, so they could enter the compound [on foot.]
33. And they brought him to Caesarea, and gave the letter to the governor, and they stood Paul before him.
34. And as he read the letter, he asked him from what province he was. And as he learned from Cilicia,
35. He said to him, "I will listen to you when your accusers arrive." And he ordered that they guard him in Herod's praetorium.
Acts 24 || index page
*23:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men, brothers."
*23:6.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men, brothers."
*23:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Phenomenon," "utterance" or "doctrine."
*23:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "They fell one with one."
*23:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Hold belief in all of them."
*23:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Divide into [pieces.]"
*23:14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Anathema."
*23:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "His utterance."
*23:22 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*23:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And scouts on the right two hundred to emerge from three hours by night."
*23:31 Lit. Ar. id.: "Be healthy."