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Acts 23 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:1 - Gazing intently at the high council,[fn] Paul began: “Brothers, I have always lived before God with a clear conscience!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:2 - Instantly Ananias the high priest commanded those close to Paul to slap him on the mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:3 - But Paul said to him, “God will slap you, you corrupt hypocrite![fn] What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:4 - Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:5 - “I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:6 - Paul realized that some members of the high council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he shouted, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, as were my ancestors! And I am on trial because my hope is in the resurrection of the dead!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:7 - This divided the council—the Pharisees against the Sadducees—
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:8 - for the Sadducees say there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, but the Pharisees believe in all of these.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:9 - So there was a great uproar. Some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees jumped up and began to argue forcefully. “We see nothing wrong with him,” they shouted. “Perhaps a spirit or an angel spoke to him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:10 - As the conflict grew more violent, the commander was afraid they would tear Paul apart. So he ordered his soldiers to go and rescue him by force and take him back to the fortress.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:11 - That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.”
The Plan to Kill Paul
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:12 - The next morning a group of Jews[fn] got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:13 - There were more than forty of them in the conspiracy.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:14 - They went to the leading priests and elders and told them, “We have bound ourselves with an oath to eat nothing until we have killed Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:15 - So you and the high council should ask the commander to bring Paul back to the council again. Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:16 - But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:17 - Paul called for one of the Roman officers[fn] and said, “Take this young man to the commander. He has something important to tell him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:18 - So the officer did, explaining, “Paul, the prisoner, called me over 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 his hand, led him aside, and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:20 - Paul’s nephew told him, “Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:21 - But don’t do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to ambush him. They have vowed not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now, just waiting for your consent.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:22 - “Don’t let anyone know you told me this,” the commander warned the young man.
Paul Is Sent to Caesarea
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:23 - Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, “Get 200 soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. Also take 200 spearmen and 70 mounted troops.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:24 - Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:25 - Then he wrote this letter to the governor:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:26 - “From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:27 - “This man was seized by some Jews, and they were about to kill him when I arrived with the troops. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I removed him to safety.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:28 - Then I took him to their high council to try to learn the basis of the accusations against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:29 - I soon discovered the charge was something regarding their religious law—certainly nothing worthy of imprisonment or death.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:30 - But when I was informed of a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him on to you. I have told his accusers to bring their charges before you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:31 - So that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:32 - They returned to the fortress the next morning, while the mounted troops took him on to Caesarea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:33 - When they arrived in Caesarea, they presented Paul and the letter to Governor Felix.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:34 - He read it and then asked Paul what province he was from. “Cilicia,” Paul answered.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 23:35 - “I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive,” the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod’s headquarters.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Greek Sanhedrin; also in 23:6, 15, 20, 28.
Greek you whitewashed wall.
Exod 22:28.
Greek the Jews.
Greek centurions; also in 23:23.
Greek Herod’s Praetorium.

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