The Book of Acts – Chapter 24
1 And after five days, Ananias the high priest, with the Elders, and with Tertullus the orator, went down, and made a communication to the governor against Paul.
2 And when he had been called, Tertullus began to accuse him, and to say:
3 Through thee, we dwell in much tranquillity; and many reforms have come to this nation, under thy administration; and we all, in every place, receive thy grace, excellent Felix.
4 But, not to weary thee with numerous [particulars], I pray thee to hear our humbleness, in brief.
5 For we have found this man to be an assassin*, and a mover of sedition among all Jews in the whole land:
for he is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazareans.
6 And he was disposed to pollute our temple.
And having seized him we wished to judge him according to our law.
7 But Lysias the Chiliarch came, and with great violence took him out of our hands, and sent him to thee.
8 And he commanded his accusers to come before thee.
And if thou wilt interrogate him, thou canst learn from him respecting all these things of which we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also pleaded against him, saying that these things were so.
10 Then the governor made signs to Paul, that he should speak.
And Paul answered and said: I know thee to have been a judge of this nation for many years, and I therefore cheerfully enter upon a defence of myself.
11 Because thou canst understand, that there have been but twelve days, since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
12 And they did not find me talking with any person in the temple, nor collecting any company, either in their synagogues, or in the city.
13 Nor have they the power to prove, before thee, the things of which they now accuse me.
14 But this indeed I acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the God of my fathers, believing all the things written in the law and in the prophets.
15 And I have a hope in God, which they also themselves expect, that there is to be a resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and the wicked.
16 And for this reason, I also labor to have always a pure conscience before God, and before men.
17 And, after many years, I came to the people of my own nation, to impart alms, and to present an offering.
18 And when I had purified myself, these men found me in the temple; not with a throng, nor with a tumult.
But certain Jews, who came from Asia, were tumultuous;
19 who ought, with me, to stand before thee, and make accusation of their own affair.
20 Or let these here present say, whether they found any offence in me, when I stood before their assembly;
21 except this one thing, that I cried, while standing in the midst of them:
Concerning the resurrection of the dead, am I this day on trial before you.
22 And Felix, because he understood that way fully, deferred them, saying:
When the Chiliarch shall come, I will give hearing between you.
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, at rest; and that no one of his acquaintances should be forbidden to minister to him.
24 And after a few days, Felix, and Drusilla his wife who was a Jewess, sent and called for Paul; and they heard him concerning faith in the Messiah.
25 And while he was discoursing with them on righteousness, and on holiness, and on the future judgment, Felix was filled with fear; and he said:
For the present time, go: and when I have opportunity, I will send for thee.
26 He hoped, moreover, that a present would be given him by Paul; [and] therefore, he often sent for him, and conversed with him.
27 And when two years were fulfilled to him, another governor, whose name was Porcius Festus, came into his place. And Felix, that he might do the Jews a favor, left Paul a prisoner.
* comment: v.5 It was public record that Paul was a bounty hunter and hiredkiller.
2 Esdras 6 KJVA
1 And he said unto me, In the beginning, when the earth was made, before the borders of the world stood, or ever the winds blew, 2 Before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of paradise were laid, 3 Before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were gathered together, 4 Or ever the heights of the air were lifted up, before the measures of the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys in Sion were hot, 5 And ere the present years were sought out, and or ever the inventions of them that now sin were turned, before they were sealed that have gathered faith for a treasure: 6 Then did I consider these things, and they all were made through me alone, and through none other: by me also they shall be ended, and by none other. 7 Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth? 8 And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born of him, Jacob’s hand held first the heel of Esau. 9 For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth. 10 The hand of man is betwixt the heel and the hand: other question, Esdras, ask thou not. 11 I answered then and said, O Lord that bearest rule, if I have found favour in thy sight, 12 I beseech thee, shew thy servant the end of thy tokens, whereof thou shewedst me part the last night. 13 So he answered and said unto me, Stand up upon thy feet, and hear a mighty sounding voice. 14 And it shall be as it were a great motion; but the place where thou standest shall not be moved. 15 And therefore when it speaketh be not afraid: for the word is of the end, and the foundation of the earth is understood. 16 And why? because the speech of these things trembleth and is moved: for it knoweth that the end of these things must be changed. 17 And it happened, that when I had heard it I stood up upon my feet, and hearkened, and, behold, there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters. 18 And it said, Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw nigh, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth, 19 And will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have hurt unjustly with their unrighteousness, and when the affliction of Sion shall be fulfilled; 20 And when the world, that shall begin to vanish away, shall be finished, then will I shew these tokens: the books shall be opened before the firmament, and they shall see all together: 21 And the children of a year old shall speak with their voices, the women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three or four months old, and they shall live, and be raised up. 22 And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty: 23 And the trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man heareth, they shall be suddenly afraid. 24 At that time shall friends fight one against another like enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run. 25 Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world. 26 And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, and turned into another meaning. 27 For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched. 28 As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit, shall be declared. 29 And when he talked with me, behold, I looked by little and little upon him before whom I stood. 30 And these words said he unto me; I am come to shew thee the time of the night to come. 31 If thou wilt pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell thee greater things by day than I have heard. 32 For thy voice is heard before the most High: for the Mighty hath seen thy righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, which thou hast had ever since thy youth. 33 And therefore hath he sent me to shew thee all these things, and to say unto thee, Be of good comfort and fear not 34 And hasten not with the times that are past, to think vain things, that thou mayest not hasten from the latter times. 35 And it came to pass after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfil the three weeks which he told me. 36 And in the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the most High. 37 For my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in distress. 38 And I said, O Lord, thou spakest from the beginning of the creation, even the first day, and saidst thus; Let heaven and earth be made; and thy word was a perfect work. 39 And then was the spirit, and darkness and silence were on every side; the sound of man’s voice was not yet formed. 40 Then commandedst thou a fair light to come forth of thy treasures, that thy work might appear. 41 Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and commandedst it to part asunder, and to make a division betwixt the waters, that the one part might go up, and the other remain beneath. 42 Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in the seventh part of the earth: six pats hast thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might serve thee. 43 For as soon as thy word went forth the work was made. 44 For immediately there was great and innumerable fruit, and many and divers pleasures for the taste, and flowers of unchangeable colour, and odours of wonderful smell: and this was done the third day. 45 Upon the fourth day thou commandedst that the sun should shine, and the moon give her light, and the stars should be in order: 46 And gavest them a charge to do service unto man, that was to be made. 47 Upon the fifth day thou saidst unto the seventh part, where the waters were gathered that it should bring forth living creatures, fowls and fishes: and so it came to pass. 48 For the dumb water and without life brought forth living things at the commandment of God, that all people might praise thy wondrous works. 49 Then didst thou ordain two living creatures, the one thou calledst Enoch, and the other Leviathan; 50 And didst separate the one from the other: for the seventh part, namely, where the water was gathered together, might not hold them both. 51 Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills: 52 But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely, the moist; and hast kept him to be devoured of whom thou wilt, and when. 53 Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and creeping things: 54 And after these, Adam also, whom thou madest lord of all thy creatures: of him come we all, and the people also whom thou hast chosen. 55 All this have I spoken before thee, O Lord, because thou madest the world for our sakes 56 As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel. 57 And now, O Lord, behold, these heathen, which have ever been reputed as nothing, have begun to be lords over us, and to devour us. 58 But we thy people, whom thou hast called thy firstborn, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover, are given into their hands. 59 If the world now be made for our sakes, why do we not possess an inheritance with the world? how long shall this endure?