Paul defends his innocence before Felix the governor. He preaches the faith to him.
1 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down, with some of the ancients, and one Tertullus an orator, who went to the governor against Paul.
Post quinque autem dies descendit princeps sacerdotum, Ananias, cum senioribus quibusdam, et Tertullo quodam oratore, qui adierunt praesidem adversus Paulum.
2 And Paul being called for, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: Whereas through thee we live in much peace, and many things are rectified by thy providence,
Et citato Paulo coepit accusare Tertullus, dicens : Cum in multa pace agamus per te, et multa corrigantur per tuam providentiam,
3 We accept it always and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thanksgiving.
semper et ubique suscipimus, optime Felix, cum omni gratiarum actione.
4 But that I be no further tedious to thee, I desire thee of thy clemency to hear us in few words.
Ne diutius autem te protraham, oro, breviter audias nos pro tua clementia.
5 We have found this to be a pestilent man, and raising seditions among all the Jews throughout the world, and author of the sedition of the sect of the Nazarenes.
Invenimus hunc hominem pestiferum, et concitantem seditiones omnibus Judaeis in universo orbe, et auctorem seditionis sectae Nazarenorum :
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom, we having apprehended, would also have judged according to our law.
qui etiam templum violare conatus est, quem et apprehensum voluimus secundum legem nostram judicare.
7 But Lysias the tribune coming upon us, with great violence took him away out of our hands;
Superveniens autem tribunus Lysias, cum vi magna eripuit eum de manibus nostris,
8 Commanding his accusers to come to thee: of whom thou mayest thyself, by examination, have knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
jubens accusatores ejus ad te venire : a quo poteris ipse judicans, de omnibus istis cognoscere, de quibus nos accusamus eum.
9 And the Jews also added, and said that these things were so.
Adjecerunt autem et Judaei, dicentes haec ita se habere.
10 Then Paul answered, (the governor making a sign to him to speak:) Knowing that for many years thou hast been judge over this nation, I will with good courage answer for myself.
Respondit autem Paulus ( annuente sibi praeside dicere) : Ex multis annis te esse judicem genti huic sciens, bono animo pro me satisfaciam.
11 For thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days, since I went up to adore in Jerusalem:
Potes enim cognoscere quia non plus sunt mihi dies quam duodecim, ex quo ascendi adorare in Jerusalem :
12 And neither in the temple did they find me disputing with any man, or causing any concourse of the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
et neque in templo invenerunt me cum aliquo disputantem, aut concursum facientem turbae, neque in synagogis, neque in civitate :
13 Neither can they prove unto thee the things whereof they now accuse me.
neque probare possunt tibi de quibus nunc me accusant.
14 But this I confess to thee, that according to the way, which they call a heresy, so do I serve the Father and my God, believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets:
Confiteor autem hoc tibi, quod secundum sectam, quam dicunt haeresim, sic deservio Patri, et Deo meo, credens omnibus quae in lege et prophetis scripta sunt :
15 Having hope in God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection of the just and unjust.
spem habens in Deum, quam et hi ipsi exspectant, resurrectionem futuram justorum et iniquorum.
16 And herein do I endeavour to have always a conscience without offence towards God, and towards men.
In hoc et ipse studeo sine offendiculo conscientiam habere ad Deum, et ad homines semper.
17 Now after many years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings, and vows.
Post annos autem plures eleemosynas facturus in gentem meam, veni, et oblationes, et vota,
18 In which I was found purified in the temple: neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
in quibus invenerunt me purificatum in templo : non cum turba, neque cum tumultu.
19 But certain Jews of Asia, who ought to be present before thee, and to accuse, if they had any thing against me:
Quidam autem ex Asia Judaei, quos oportebat apud te praesto esse, et accusare si quid haberent adversum me :
20 Or let these men themselves say, if they found in me any iniquity, when standing before the council,
aut hi ipsi dicant si quid invenerunt in me iniquitatis cum stem in concilio,
21 Except it be for this one voice only that I cried, standing among them, Concerning the resurrection of the dead am I judged this day by you.
nisi de una hac solummodo voce, qua clamavi inter eos stans : Quoniam de resurrectione mortuorum ego judicor hodie a vobis.
22 And Felix put them off, having most certain knowledge of this way, saying: When Lysias the tribune shall come down, I will hear you.
Distulit autem illos Felix, certissime sciens de via hac, dicens : Cum tribunus Lysias descenderit, audiam vos.
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep him, and that he should be easy, and that he should not prohibit any of his friends to minister unto him.
Jussitque centurioni custodire eum, et habere requiem, nec quemquam de suis prohibere ministrare ei.
24 And after some days, Felix, coming with Drusilla his wife, who was a Jew, sent for Paul, and heard of him the faith, that is in Christ Jesus.
Post aliquot autem dies veniens Felix cum Drusilla uxore sua, quae erat Judaea, vocavit Paulum, et audivit ab eo fidem, quae est in Christum Jesum.
25 And as he treated of justice, and chastity, and of the judgment to come, Felix being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but when I have a convenient time, I will send for thee.
Disputante autem illo de justitia, et castitate, et de judicio futuro, tremefactus Felix, respondit : Quod nunc attinet, vade : tempore autem opportuno accersam te :
26 Hoping also withal, that money should be given him by Paul; for which cause also oftentimes sending for him, he spoke with him.
simul et sperans, quod pecunia ei daretur a Paulo, propter quod et frequenter accersens eum, loquebatur cum eo.
27 But when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
Biennio autem expleto, accepit successorem Felix Portium Festum. Volens autem gratiam praestare Judaeis Felix, reliquit Paulum vinctum.