Ac 24:1
24:1 And {1} after five days Ananias the high priest descended
     with the elders, and [with] a certain orator [named]
     Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

 (1) Hypocrites, when they can not do what they want to do by
     force and deceit, at length they go about to accomplish it
     by a show of law.

Ac 24:2
24:2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse
     [him], saying, Seeing that {a} by thee we enjoy great
     quietness, and that very {b} worthy deeds are done unto
     this nation by thy providence,

     (a) Felix ruled that province with great cruelty and
         covetousness, and yet Josephus records that he did many
         worthy things, such as taking Eleazar the captain of
         certain cutthroats, and put that deceiving wretch the
         Egyptian to flight, who caused great troubles in Judea.
     (b) He uses a word which the Stoics defined as a perfect
         duty and perfect behaviour.

Ac 24:5
24:5 For we have found this man [a] {c} pestilent [fellow], and
     a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the
     world, and a {d} ringleader of the sect of the {e}

     (c) Literally, "a plague".
     (d) As one would say, a ringleader, or a flag bearer.
     (e) So they scoffingly called the Christians, taking the
         name from the towns where they thought that Christ was
         born, whereupon it happened that Julian the apostate
         called Christ a Galilean.

Ac 24:9
24:9 And the Jews also {f} assented, saying that these things
     were so.

     (f) Confirmed what Tertullus said.

Ac 24:10
24:10 {2} Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto
      him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast
      been of {g} many years a judge unto this nation, I do the
      more cheerfully answer for myself:

 (2) Tertullus, by the devil's rhetoric, begins with flattery
     and finishes with lies: but Paul using heavenly eloquence,
     and but a simple beginning, casts off from himself the
     crime of sedition, with which he was being charged, with a
     simple denial.
     (g) Paul pleaded his cause two years before Felix departed
         out of the province, see @Ac 24:27, but he had
         governed Trachonite, and Batanea, and Galavnite, before
         Claudius made him governor of Judea; see Josephus in
         the History of the Jewish War, lib. 2, cap. 11.

Ac 24:13
24:13 Neither can they {h} prove the things whereof they now
      accuse me.

      (h) They cannot lay forth before you and prove with good

Ac 24:14
24:14 {3} But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which
      they call {i} heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers,
      believing all things which are written in the law and in
      the prophets:

 (3) Paul proceeds in the case of religion from a conjectural
     state to a practical state, not only admitting of
     the religion which he was accused of, but also proving it
     to be true, to be heavenly and from God, and to be the
     oldest of all religions.
     (i) Here this word "heresy" or "sect" is taken in a good

Ac 24:17
24:17 {4} Now after many years I came to bring alms to my
      nation, and offerings.

 (4) Paul in conclusion tells the things thing which was truly
     done, which Tertullus before him had corrupted in various

Ac 24:18
24:18 {k} Whereupon certain Jews from {l} Asia found me purified
      in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

      (k) And while I was occupied with those things.
      (l) By this it is evident that these from Asia were Paul's
          enemies, and the ones that stirred up the people
          against him.

Ac 24:20
24:20 Or else let these same [here] say, if they have found any
      evil doing in me, while I stood before the {m} council,

      (m) Where the tribune brought me.

Ac 24:22
24:22 {5} And when Felix heard these things, having more {n}
      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.

 (5) The judge suspends his sentence because the matter is
     (n) Felix could not judge whether he had done wickedly in
         the matter of his religion or not until he had a better
         understanding of the way which Paul professed: and as
         for other matters with regard to the charge of
         sedition, he considers it good to defer it until he
         hears Lysias, and therefore he gives Paul somewhat more

Ac 24:23
24:23 {6} And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let
      [him] have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his
      acquaintance to minister or come unto him.

 (6) God is a most faithful keeper of his servants, and the
     power of the truth is wonderful, even amongst men who are
     otherwise profane.

Ac 24:24
24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife {o}
      Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard
      him concerning the faith in Christ.

      (o) This Drusilla was Agrippa's sister of whom Luke
          speaks afterwards, a harlot and very licentious woman,
          and being the wife of Azizus king of the Emesens, who
          was circumcised, departed from him, and went to this
          Felix the brother of Pallas, who was at one time the
          slave of Nero.

Ac 24:27
24:27 {7} But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix'
      room: and Felix, willing to {p} shew the Jews a pleasure,
      left Paul bound.

 (7) With an evil mind, that is guilty in itself, and although
     sometimes there is some show of fairness, yet eventually
     the conscience will be extinguished: but in the meanwhile
     we have need of continual patience.
     (p) For he had behaved himself very wickedly in the
         province, and had it not been for favour of his brother
         Pallas, he would have died for it: so that we may
         gather by this why he would have pleased the Jews.

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