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Acts 23 :: Hebrew Names Version (HNV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:1 - Sha'ul, looking steadfastly at the council, said, "Brothers, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:2 - The Kohen Gadol, Hananyah, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:3 - Then Sha'ul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to judge me according to the law, and command me to be struck contrary to the law?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:4 - Those who stood by said, "Do you malign God's Kohen Gadol?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:5 - Sha'ul said, "I didn't know, brothers, that he was Kohen Gadol. For it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:6 - But when Sha'ul perceived that the one part were Tzedukim and the other Perushim, he cried out in the council, "Men and brothers, I am a Parush, a son of Perushim. Concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:7 - When he had said this, an argument arose between the Perushim and Tzedukim, and the assembly was divided.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:8 - For the Tzedukim say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Perushim confess all of these.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:9 - A great clamor arose, and some of the Sofrim of the Perushim part stood up, and contended, saying, "We find no evil in this man. But if a spirit or angel has spoken to him, let's not fight against God!"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:10 - When a great argument arose, the commanding officer, fearing that Sha'ul would be torn in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:11 - The following night, the Lord stood by him, and said, "Cheer up, Sha'ul, for as you have testified about me at Yerushalayim, so you must testify also at Rome."

A Conspiracy to Kill Paul

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:12 - When it was day, some of the Yehudim banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Sha'ul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:13 - There were more than forty people who had made this conspiracy.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:14 - They came to the chief Kohanim and the Zakenim, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Sha'ul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:15 - Now therefore, you with the council inform the commanding officer that he should bring him down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to judge his case more exactly. We are ready to kill him before he comes near."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:16 - But Sha'ul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, and he came and entered into the barracks and told Sha'ul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:17 - Sha'ul summoned one of the centurions, and said, "Bring this young man to the commanding officer, for he has something to tell him."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:18 - So he took him, and brought him to the commanding officer, and said, "Sha'ul, the prisoner, summoned me and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to tell you."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:19 - The commanding officer took him by the hand, and going aside, asked him privately, "What is it that you have to tell me?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:20 - He said, "The Yehudim have agreed to ask you to bring Sha'ul down to the council tomorrow, as though intending to inquire somewhat more accurately concerning him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:21 - Therefore don't yield to them, for more than forty men lie in wait for him, who have bound themselves under a curse neither to eat nor to drink until they have killed him. Now they are ready, looking for the promise from you."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:22 - So the commanding officer let the young man go, charging him, "Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me."

Paul Moved to Caesarea

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:23 - He called to himself two of the centurions, and said, "Prepare two hundred soldiers to go as far as Caesarea, with seventy horsemen, and two hundred men armed with spears, at the third hour of the night."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:24 - He asked them to provide animals, that they might set Sha'ul on one, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:25 - He wrote a letter like this:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:26 - "Claudius Lysias to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:27 - "This man was seized by the Yehudim, and was about to be killed by them, when I came with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:28 - Desiring to know the cause why they accused him, I brought him down to their council.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:29 - I found him to be accused about questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:30 - When I was told that the Yehudim lay in wait for the man, I sent him to you immediately, charging his accusers also to bring their accusations against him before you. Farewell."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:31 - So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Sha'ul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:32 - But on the next day they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:33 - When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Sha'ul to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:34 - When the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. When he understood that he was from Cilicia, he said,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:35 - "I will hear you fully when your accusers also arrive." He commanded that he be kept in Herod's palace.

The Hebrew Names Version is based off the World English Bible, an update of the American Standard Version of 1901. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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