The next day the commander, so as to find out just what charge
the Jews had made against Paul, unbound him and ordered the high priests and all the members of the council to come together. Then
they brought Paul down and placed him before them.
Paul, looking straight at the members of the council, said: "Brothers,
done my duty, with a clear conscience before God, up to the present
moment." When Paul saw that some of the council were Sadducees and some Pharisees, he cried out, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of
Pharisees. It is because of my hope that the dead will live again that I am on trial!"
When he said this a quarrel arose between
the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and there was a great difference of opinion among them. For the Sadducees say that there is no
life after death, nor angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees believe in
all these; so there was a great uproar. Some of the scribes who belonged to the party of the Pharisees sprang to their feet and
protested, "We find this man guilty of no crime. What if some spirit
or an angel has spoken to him ?" When the uproar became so great that the commander was afraid that Paul would be torn in pieces
by them, he ordered the troops to go down and take him from among them by force and bring him into the castle.
The next night the Lord stood beside Paul and said, "Be of good cheer, for as you have spoken for me at Jerusalem, so you must speak
also at Rome."
Early the next morning the Jews plotted together and solemnly promised not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul, and there
were more than forty who made this promise. They went to the high priests and elders and said, "We have made a solemn promise
to taste no food until we have killed Paul. Now you and the council must tell the commander that you wish him to bring Paul down
to you, as though you wanted to examine more carefully the charges brought against him. We shall be ready to kill him before he comes
But Paul's sister's son heard of their plot and went to the castle and told Paul. And Paul called one of the officers and said, "Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him."
So the officer took him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner asked me to bring this young man to you, for he has something to tell you." The commander then took him by the hand, and after he had led him aside, asked him privately,
"What is it that you have to tell me?"
He said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring
Paul down to-morrow to the council pretending that they wish to examine his case more carefully. Now do not grant their request,
for more than forty are lying in wait for him and have solemnly promised not to eat or drink until they have killed him. Even now
they are ready, only waiting for your consent."
The commander let the young man go, bidding him, "Tell no one that you have informed me of this." Then he called two officers
and said, "Get ready two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen by nine o'clock to-night to go as far as
Caesarea." He also told them to provide horses for Paul to ride on so as
to bring him safely to Felix the governor. So the soldiers, as they
had been commanded, took Paul and brought him by night to
Antipatris. The next day the soldiers returned to the castle, leaving the
horsemen to go on with him. When they reached Caesarea they brought Paul to the governor.