Paul's Trial - Acts 23

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said,  Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience  before God until this day. 

Acts 23:2 And the high priest  Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him  on the mouth. 

Acts 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall  smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me  after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to  the law? 

Acts 23:4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou  God’s high priest? 

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I wist not,  brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou  shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. 

Acts 23:6 But  when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and  the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and  brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope  and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. 

Acts 23:7  And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between  the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was  divided. 

Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no  resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees  confess both. 

Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the  scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove,  saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an  angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.   

Acts 23:10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief  captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces  of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take  him by force from among them, and to bring him into the  castle. 

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by  him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast  testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also  at Rome. 

Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews  banded together, and bound themselves under a curse,  saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had  killed Paul. 


Acts 23:13 And they were more than forty which  had made this conspiracy. 

Acts 23:14 And they came to the  chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves  under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have  slain Paul. 

Acts 23:15 Now therefore ye with the council  signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you  to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more  perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are  ready to kill him. 

Acts 23:16 And when Paul’s sister’s son  heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the  castle, and told Paul. 

Acts 23:17 Then Paul called one of the  centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto  the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.  

Acts 23:18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief  captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him,  and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath  something to say unto thee. 

Acts 23:19 Then the chief captain  took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately,  and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 

Acts 23:20  And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou  wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as  though they would enquire somewhat of him more  perfectly. 

Acts 23:21 But do not thou yield unto them: for  there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which  have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither  eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they  ready, looking for a promise from thee. 

Acts 23:22 So the  chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged  him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these  things to me. 

Acts 23:23 And he called unto him two  centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go  to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and  spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;  

Acts 23:24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul  on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 

Acts 23:25  And he wrote a letter after this manner: 

Acts 23:26 Claudius  Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth  greeting. 

Acts 23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and  should have been killed of them: then came I with an army,  and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.  

Acts 23:28 And when I would have known the cause  wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their  council: 

Acts 23:29 Whom I perceived to be accused of  questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge  worthy of death or of bonds. 

Acts 23:30 And when it was told  me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent  straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers  also to say before thee what they had against him.  Farewell. 

Acts 23:31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded  them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.  

Acts 23:32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with  him, and returned to the castle: 

Acts 23:33 Who, when they  came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor,  presented Paul also before him. 

Acts 23:34 And when the  governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he  was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;   

Acts 23:35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are  also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s  judgment hall.  KJV