1 Intendens autem concilium Paulus ait: "Viri fratres, ego omni conscientia bona conversatus sum ante Deum usque in hodiernum diem".
2 Princeps autem sacerdotum Ananias praecepit astantibus sibi percutere os eius.
3 Tunc Paulus ad eum dixit: "Percutiet te Deus, paries dealbate! Et tu sedes iudicans me secundum legem et contra legem iubes me percuti?".
4 Et, qui astabant, dixerunt: "Summum sacerdotem Dei maledicis?".
5 Dixit autem Paulus: "Nesciebam, fratres, quia princeps est sacerdotum; scriptum est enim: "Principem populi tui non maledices" ".
6 Sciens autem Paulus quia una pars esset sadducaeorum, et altera pharisaeorum, exclamabat in concilio: "Viri fratres, ego pharisaeus sum, filius pharisaeorum; de spe et resurrectione mortuorum ego iudicor".
7 Et cum haec diceret, facta est dissensio inter pharisaeos et sadducaeos; et divisa est multitudo.
8 Sadducaei enim dicunt non esse resurrectionem neque angelum neque spiritum; pharisaei autem utrumque confitentur.
9 Factus est autem clamor magnus; et surgentes scribae quidam partis pharisaeorum pugnabant dicentes: "Nihil mali invenimus in homine isto: quod si spiritus locutus est ei aut angelus";
10 et cum magna dissensio facta esset, timens tribunus ne discerperetur Paulus ab ipsis, iussit milites descendere, ut raperent eum de medio eorum ac deducerent in castra.
11 Sequenti autem nocte, assistens ei Dominus ait: "Constans esto! Sicut enim testificatus es, quae sunt de me, in Ierusalem, sic te oportet et Romae testificari".
12 Facta autem die, faciebant concursum Iudaei et devoverunt se dicentes neque manducaturos neque bibituros, donec occiderent Paulum.
13 Erant autem plus quam quadraginta, qui hanc coniurationem fecerant;
14 qui accedentes ad principes sacerdotum et seniores dixerunt: "Devotione devovimus nos nihil gustaturos, donec occidamus Paulum.
15 Nunc ergo vos notum facite tribuno cum concilio, ut producat illum ad vos, tamquam aliquid certius cognituri de eo; nos vero, priusquam appropiet, parati sumus interficere illum".
16 Quod cum audisset filius sororis Pauli insidias, venit et intravit in castra nuntiavitque Paulo.
17 Vocans autem Paulus ad se unum ex centurionibus ait: "Adulescentem hunc perduc ad tribunum, habet enim aliquid indicare illi".
18 Et ille quidem assumens eum duxit ad tribunum et ait: "Vinctus Paulus vocans rogavit me hunc adulescentem perducere ad te, habentem aliquid loqui tibi".
19 Apprehendens autem tribunus manum illius, secessit cum eo seorsum et interrogabat: "Quid est, quod habes indicare mihi?".
20 Ille autem dixit: "Iudaei constituerunt rogare te, ut crastina die Paulum producas in concilium, quasi aliquid certius inquisiturum sit de illo.
21 Tu ergo ne credideris illis; insidiantur enim ei ex eis viri amplius quadraginta, qui se devoverunt non manducare neque bibere, donec interficiant eum; et nunc parati sunt exspectantes promissum tuum".
22 Tribunus igitur dimisit adulescentem praecipiens, ne cui eloqueretur quoniam "haec nota mihi fecisti".
23 Et vocatis duobus centurionibus, dixit: "Parate milites ducentos, ut eant usque Caesaream, et equites septuaginta et lancearios ducentos, a tertia hora noctis,
24 et iumenta praeparate ", ut imponentes Paulum salvum perducerent ad Felicem praesidem,
25 scribens epistulam habentem formam hanc:
26 "Claudius Lysias optimo praesidi Felici salutem.
27 Virum hunc comprehensum a Iudaeis et incipientem interfici ab eis, superveniens cum exercitu eripui, cognito quia Romanus est.
28 Volensque scire causam, propter quam accusabant illum, deduxi in concilium eorum;
29 quem inveni accusari de quaestionibus legis ipsorum, nihil vero dignum morte aut vinculis habentem crimen.
30 Et cum mihi perlatum esset de insidiis, quae in virum pararentur, confestim misi ad te denuntians et accusatoribus, ut dicant adversum eum apud te".
31 Milites ergo, secundum praeceptum sibi assumentes Paulum, duxerunt per noctem in Antipatridem;
32 et postera die, dimissis equitibus, ut abirent cum eo, reversi sunt ad castra.
33 Qui cum venissent Caesaream et tradidissent epistulam praesidi, statuerunt ante illum et Paulum.
34 Cum legisset autem et interrogasset de qua provincia esset, et cognoscens quia de Cilicia:
35 "Audiam te, inquit, cum et accusatores tui venerint"; iussitque in praetorio Herodis custodiri eum.
King James Version
1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
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?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
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.
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.
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
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.
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.
16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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;
24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.
25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:
26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.
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.
28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:
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.
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.
31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.
32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
33 Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
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;
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.