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1.  Accusers against Paul

    Acts 24:1, 5-9   And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders,
    and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

    5.  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all  
    the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
    6.  Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have
    judged according to our law.
    7.  But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away
    out of our hands,
    8.  Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself
    mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
    9.  And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

 2.  Paulís defence

    Acts 24:10-22   Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak,
    answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this
    nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
    11.  Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I
    went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
    12.  And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising
    up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
    13.  Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
    14.  But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I
    the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the
    15.  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be
    a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
    16.  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence
    toward God, and toward men.
    17.  Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
    18.  Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with
    multitude, nor with tumult.
    19.  Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against
    20.  Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I
    stood before the council,
    21.  Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the
    resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
    22.  And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way,
    he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will
    know the uttermost of your matter.

     a.  Paulís 2yr. imprisonment

      Acts 24:27   But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix,
      willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

     b.  Paulís appeal to Caesar

      Acts 25:1-12  Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he
      ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
      2.  Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and
      besought him,
      3.  And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying
      wait in the way to kill him.
      4.  But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself
      would depart shortly thither.
      5.  Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and
      accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
      6.  And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto
      Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be
      7.  And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round
      about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not
      8.  While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither
      against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
      9.  But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou
      go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
      10.  Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to
      the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.
      11.  For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not
      to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may
      deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
      12.  Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou
      appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

     c.  Paulís testimony before King Agrippa

      Acts 26:13-18   At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the
      brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
      14.  And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and
      saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee
      to kick against the pricks.
      15.  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
      16.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
      to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and  
      of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
      17.  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send
      18.  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power
      of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among
      them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  ( see Vs. 19-32 )

     d. King Agrippaís response

      Acts 26:28   Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a