Acts 23 ©
Paul pleading his integrity is smitten at the command of the high priest, whom he reproveth of injustice. By declaring himself a Pharisee, and questioned for the hope of the resurrection, he causeth a division in the council: he is carried back to the castle, and encouraged by the Lord in a vision. A conspiracy against him is discovered to the chief captain; who sendeth him under a guard with a letter to Felix the governor at Caesarea.
And hthey that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, mWe find no evil in this man: nbut if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
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.
And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
And they came to the rchief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
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?
zBut do not thou yield unto them: for athere lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves bwith 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.
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.
And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to cCaesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;
And he wrote a letter after this manner:
And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, hI brought him forth into their council:
Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.
On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
Who, when they came to Caesarea, and delivered the lepistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.