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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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The Accusations Against Sha'ul

1Five days later the Cohen HaGadol HananyahAnanias came down with some zekanimelders and a lawyer named Tertullus to present their case against Sha'ulPaul to the governor. 2When Sha'ul had been called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, “Your Excellency Felix, it is because of you that we enjoy our peace, 3and everywhere we greatfully accept the excellent reforms that you are bringing to our nation. 4But I don’t want to waste your tome, so I beg your indulgence to give us a brief hearing. 5We have found this man to be a plague, instigating insurrections the Y’hudim all around the world. He’s a ringleader of the sect of the NatzratimNazarenes. 6He even tried to profane the temple, but we arrested him, [and wanted to try him under our Torah].[6] 7[but Garrison Commander Lysias, came and violently took him from our custody.][7] 8[and ordered his accusers to come to you.][8] By interrogating him yourself you will be able to learn about everything we are accusing him of.”

9The Y'hudimJudeans, Jewish leaders[9] also joined in the attack, affirming that these things were so.

Shaul’s Defense Before Felix

 10When the governor motioned to him to speak, Sha'ul answered, “Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense, 11since you can realize that it is not more than twelve days ago that I went up to worship at Yerushalayim. 12Not in the Temple, not in the synagogues, not anywhere in the city did they find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd. 13Nor can they prove to you any of the the things of which they are accusing me. 14But I will admit this to you, that following HaDerekthe Way, which they call a sect, I serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is according to the Torah and that is written in the Prophets; 15having a hope in God, which these men also look for, that there will certainly be a resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and the wicked. 16In view of this I also always practice keeping my conscience clear of any offense toward eiher God or men. 17Now after several years away, I came to bring gifts for the needy of my nation and to present offerings. 18While I was doing this, some Y’hudim from Asia found me in the Temple after my purification, not with a mob, nor causing any trouble. 19They are the ones who should have come here before you to make accusation if they had anything against me. 20Or let these men tell you what misdeed they found when I stood before the Council, 21unless it is for this one statement I made while standing among them, ‘I am on trial today for the resurrection of the dead!’”

The Verdict Postponed

22Since Felix had been accurately informed about HaDerek, adjourned the procedings saying, “When Garrison Commander Lysias comes down, I will decide your case.” 23He ordered the centurion to keep Sha'ul in custody, but that he should have some privileges, and not to prevent any of his friends from serving or visiting him. 24But after several days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Y'hudi, and sent for Sha'ul, and listened to him on the subject of faith in Messiah Yeshua. 25As he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became terrified, and said, “Leave for now, and when it is convenient for me, I will call for you.” 26Meanwhile, he also hoped Sha'ul would offer him a bribe for his release. For this reason he sent for him often and talked with him. 27After two years, Felix was succeeded in office by Porcius Festus, and because he wanted to curry favor with the Y'hudim, Felix left Sha'ul in prison.

Chapter 25


  6. TR adds “We wanted to judge him according to our law,” [RETURN]

  7. TR adds “but the commanding officer, Lysias, came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,” [RETURN]

  8. TR adds “commanding his accusers to come to you.” [RETURN]

  9. Y'hudim. The corrupt Jewish leaders. See this NOTE. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Monday, 11 May 2020

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