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And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
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:
Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
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:
Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but ° twelve days ° since ° I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
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:
Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
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.
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, ° I will call for thee.
He hoped also ° ° that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

24:2 began to accuse him. This is mere political puffery; the “great quietness” was a cruelly enforced quietness and the “worthy deeds” included such bloody suppression that Felix was soon to be in serious danger of punishment by Rome for his brutal rule.

24:5 sect of the Nazarenes. This is the only place in the Bible where Christians are called Nazarenes, no doubt to capitalize on the common prejudicial proverb: “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). In fact, the charges presented by Tertullus were intentionally loaded with prejudicial language—“pestilent,” “sedition,” “ringleader,” “sect,” “profane”—intended obviously to prejudice Felix against Paul.

24:13 Neither can they prove. Paul’s factual answer, and the contrasting emotional diatribes of his opponents, seems typical of modern controversies between creationists and evolutionists, as well as between Christians and anti-Christians in general. The facts of the case completely supported Paul, and Felix would have released him, except Felix hoped to receive a bribe from Paul (Acts 24:26) and he desired to appease the Jewish leaders (Acts 24:27). Similarly today, the facts always support the Biblical creationist Christian worldview, but financial and political considerations generally favor its opponents. Paul was not guilty of any of their charges or of anything else except believing and teaching the truth of God’s Word.

24:15 resurrection of the dead. Paul frequently wrote and preached on the coming resurrection of the “just,” but rarely mentioned the resurrection of the “unjust,” or “unjustified.” His reference to it here (confirming the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel 12:2), particularly since he immediately asserted his own clear conscience (Acts 24:16), may well have pricked the consciences of both Felix and Paul’s Sadducean accusers, none of whom could have looked forward to any such event if it were true.

24:24 Drusilla. Drusilla, the third wife of Felix, was very young. As the youngest daughter of Herod, Agrippa I, she no doubt was at least somewhat informed concerning her father’s persecution of the Jerusalem church (Acts 12:1) and may well have been even more curious than Felix about the Christian faith.

24:25 Felix trembled. Felix evidently was under “terrified” conviction as he listened to Paul. “Righteousness, temperance and judgment” were not only being expounded to him by Paul, but also by the Holy Spirit (note John 16:8-11).

24:25 convenient season. This “convenient season” never came. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

24:27 after two years. Luke had been with Paul in Jerusalem and again joined him as he was sent to Rome (note the “we” in Acts 21:15 and 27:1). He probably used the two years of Paul’s imprisonment in Caesarea to do the research for writing his gospel and the early chapters of Acts.

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