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1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. 2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words. 5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: 6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. 7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him. 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so. 10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: 11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: 13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. 17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. 19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. 20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, 21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. 22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter. 23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him. 24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. 26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. 27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

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1 Cary W = "Impressive play by Paul here, for he is more schooled in Jewish law than his accusers, and speaks with great articulation.  The Roman leader is being presented with impeccable character and credentials here."
2 Deena E = ""exercise to always have a conscience void of offence toward God and men"As Paul, being tried as a criminal, begins to defend himself in this court, one of the first things he says is that he regularly practices having a clear conscience as to not offend God or men. As simple as this sounds, my experience has proven that the task takes great care and discipline. I've found myself in many positions where people were offended by my choice to honor God or I felt like I was dishonoring God in order not to offend people. As I've grown in Christ, taking care in what I say or not saying anything at all, in some instances, have become a more common practice. The Holy Spirit will give us discernment in all things if we are yielded and ready to listen."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Here again, after many years Paul still comes to the Temple for purification and to bring atonement offerings for sin expiation. If Paul truly believed that Jesus was the "ultimate" sacrifice, he would have not needed to return to the temple for purification."
4 Sarah R = "Actually, that's not what's happening here. Paul is clear in his letters that Jesus is the final atonement (Rom 5:6-11; 2 Cor 5:14-15; Gal 3:14; 1 Tim 2:3-6, 4:10; among others) as are the other disciples and New Testament writers (eg Heb 10:1-18; 1 Pt 2:24; 1 Jn 2:2). So why does he go through this rite and the offering?The answer is clear in the text, if you refer back to chapters 21-22. Paul is under fire from traditional Jews (v. 20) for 1) reaching out to the Gentiles with the gospel and not requiring them to convert to Judaism, and 2) teaching the Jews to abandon the law (which is not exactly what he was teaching, but it's what they had heard, see v. 21). Therefore, Paul, who had lived his whole life following the Mosaic law, goes through a purification ceremony and vow in order to present himself to the Jews and make his case. We see his case starting in the next chapter. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, "19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.""