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Acts 23 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Paul before the Council

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:1 - Now looking intently at the [fn]Council, Paul said, “[fn]Brothers, I have [fn]lived my life with an entirely good conscience before God up to this day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:2 - But the high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:3 - Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law, order me to be struck?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:4 - But those present said, “Are you insulting God’s high priest?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:5 - And Paul said, “I was not aware, brothers, that he is high priest; for it is written: ‘YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:6 - But Paul, perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, began crying out in the [fn]Council, “[fn]Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:7 - When he said this, a dissension occurred between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:8 - For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:9 - And a great uproar occurred; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and started arguing heatedly, saying, “We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:10 - And when a great dissension occurred, the commander was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, and he ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:11 - But on the following night, the Lord stood near him and said, “Be courageous! For as you have testified to the truth about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify in Rome also.”

A Conspiracy to Kill Paul

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:12 - When it was day, the Jews formed a [fn]conspiracy and put themselves under an [fn]oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:13 - There were more than forty who formed this plot.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:14 - They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have put ourselves under an [fn]oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:15 - “Now therefore, you [fn]and the [fn]Council notify the commander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to investigate his case more thoroughly; and as for us, we are ready to kill him before he comes near the place.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:16 - But the son of Paul’s sister heard about their ambush, [fn]and he came and entered the barracks and told Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:17 - Paul called one of the centurions to himself and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to report to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:18 - So he took him and led him to the commander and *said, “Paul the prisoner called me over to him and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:19 - The commander took him by the hand, and stepping aside, began to inquire of him privately, “What is it that you have to report to me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:20 - And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down tomorrow to the [fn]Council, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more thoroughly about him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:21 - “So do not [fn]listen to them, for more than forty [fn]of them are in hiding to ambush him, and these men have put themselves under an oath not to eat or drink until they kill him; and now they are ready and waiting for assurance from you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:22 - Then the commander let the young man go, instructing him, “Tell no one that you have notified me of these things.”

Paul Moved to Caesarea

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:23 - And he called to him two of the centurions and said, “Get two hundred soldiers ready by [fn]the third hour of the night to proceed to Caesarea, [fn]with seventy horsemen and two hundred [fn]spearmen.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:24 - They were also to provide mounts to put Paul on and bring him safely to Felix the governor.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:25 - And he wrote a letter [fn]with the following content:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:26 - “Claudius Lysias, to the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:27 - When this man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, I came up to them with the troops and rescued him, after learning that he was a Roman.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:28 - And wanting to ascertain the basis for the charges they were bringing against him, I brought him down to their [fn]Council;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:29 - and I found that he was being accused regarding questions in their Law, but [fn]was not charged with anything deserving death or [fn]imprisonment.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:30 - When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to [fn]bring charges against him before you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:31 - So the soldiers, in accordance with their orders, took Paul and brought him by night to Antipatris.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:32 - But on the next day they let the horsemen go on with him, and they returned to the barracks.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:33 - When these horsemen had come to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they also presented Paul to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:34 - Now when he had read it, he also asked from what province Paul was, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:35 - he said, “I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive as well,” giving orders for [fn]Paul to be kept in Herod’s [fn]Praetorium.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or Sanhedrin
Lit Men, brothers
Or conducted myself as a citizen
Or Sanhedrin
Lit Men, brothers
Or mob
I.e., an oath with a self-imposed curse
See note 2 v 12
Lit with
Or Sanhedrin
Or having been present with them, and he also entered
Or Sanhedrin
Lit be persuaded by them
Lit men of them
I.e., 9 p.m.
Lit and
Or slingers; or bowmen
Or to this effect
Or Sanhedrin
Lit had no charge of
Lit bonds
Lit speak against him
Lit him
I.e., governor’s official residence

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