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Acts 24

 

 

Introduction
1Paul being accused by Tertullus the orator,
10answers for his life and doctrine.
24He preaches Christ to the governor and his wife.
26The governor hopes for a bribe, but in vain.
27At last, going out of his office, he leaves Paul in prison.

Verse 1
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.
five
11; 21:27
Ananias
23:2,30,35; 25:2
orator
12:21; Isaiah 3:3; 1 Corinthians 2:1,4
informed
25:2,15; Psalms 11:2

Verse 2
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, 3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
Seeing
Felix, bad as he was, had certainly rendered some services to Judaea. He had entirely subdued a very formidable banditti which had infested the country, and sent their captain, Eliezar, to Rome; had suppressed the sedition raised by the Egyptian impostor (ch. 21:38); and had quelled a very afflictive disturbance which took place between the Syrians and Jews of C├Žsarea. But, though Tertullus might truly say, "by thee we enjoy great quietness," yet it is evident that he was guilty of the grossest flattery, as we have seen both from his own historians and Josephus, that he was both a bad man and a bad governor.
26,27; Psalms 10:3; 12:2,3; Proverbs 26:28; 29:5; Jude 1:16

Verse 3
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, 3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
most
23:26; *Gr:; 26:25; Luke 1:3; *Gr:

Verse 4
Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
that
Hebrews 11:32

Verse 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:
we have
6:13; 16:20,21; 17:6,7; 21:28; 22:22; 28:22; 1 Kings 18:17,18; Jeremiah 38:4; Amos 7:10; Matthew 5:11,12; 10:25; 1 Corinthians 4:13
and a mover
1 Samuel 22:7-9; Ezra 4:12-19; Nehemiah 6:5-8; Esther 3:8; Luke 23:2,5,19,25; 1 Peter 2:12-15,19
the sect
14; *Gr:; 5:17; 15:5; 26:5; 28:22; 1 Corinthians 11:19; *Gr:
Nazarenes
Matthew 2:23

Verse 6
Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
gone
12; 19:37; 21:27-29
whom
21:30-32; 22:23; 23:10-15
and
John 18:31; 19:7,8

Verse 7
But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
the chief
21:31-33; 23:23-32; Proverbs 4:16
great
21:35; 23:10

Verse 8
Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
Commanding
23:30,35; 25:5,15,16
by

Verse 9
And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
6:11-13; Psalms 4:2; 62:3,4; 64:2-8; Isaiah 59:4-7; Jeremiah 9:3-6; Ezekiel 22:27-29; Micah 6:12,13; 7:2,3; Matthew 26:59,60; John 8:44

Verse 10
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:
had
12:17; 13:16; 19:33; 21:40; 26:1
many
"Felix, made procurator over Judea, A.D. 53."
a judge
18:15; 1 Samuel 2:25; Luke 12:14; 18:2
I do
1 Peter 3:15

Verse 11
Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
but
1; 21:18,27; 22:30; 23:11,23,32,33
to worship
17; 21:26

Verse 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:
5; 25:8; 28:17

Verse 13
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
25:7; 1 Peter 3:16

Verse 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 prophets:
I confess
Psalms 119:46; Matthew 10:32
after
9:2; 19:9,23; Amos 8:14; 2 Peter 2:2
heresy
5; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20; Titus 3:10; 2 Peter 2:1
so
Micah 4:2
the God
3:13; 5:30; 7:32; 22:14; Exodus 3:15; 1 Chronicles 29:18; 2 Timothy 1:3
believing
3:22-24; 10:43; 26:22,27; 28:23; Luke 1:70; 24:27,44; John 5:39-47; 1 Peter 1:11; Revelation 19:10
in the law
13:15; Matthew 7:12; 22:40; Luke 16:16,29; John 1:45; Romans 3:21

Verse 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.
have
21; 26:6,7; 28:20-31
that
23:6-8; Job 19:25,26; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 22:31,32; John 5:28,29; 1 Corinthians 15:12-27; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16; Revelation 20:6,12,13

Verse 16
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
23:1; Romans 2:15; 9:1; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Timothy 1:5,19; 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3; Titus 1:15; 2:11-13; Hebrews 9:14; 10:22; 13:18; 1 Peter 2:19; 3:16,21

Verse 17
Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
to bring
11:29,30; 20:16; Romans 15:25,26; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 2:10
offerings
21:26

Verse 18
Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
21:26-30; 26:21

Verse 19
Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
23:30; 25:16

Verse 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.
Touching
4:2; 23:6; 26:6-8; 28:20

Verse 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.
having
10,24; 26:3
When
7; 18:20; 25:26; Deuteronomy 19:18

Verse 23
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.
and to
26; 27:3; 28:16,31; Proverbs 16:7
his
21:8-14

Verse 24
And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
he sent
26:22; Mark 6:20; Luke 19:3; 23:8
the faith
16:31; 20:21; Galatians 2:16,20; 3:2; 1 John 5:1; Jude 1:3; Revelation 14:12

Verse 25
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
17:2; 1 Samuel 12:7; Isaiah 1:18; 41:21; Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 3:15
righteousness
15,26; 2 Samuel 23:3; Job 29:14; Psalms 11:7; 45:7; 58:1,2; 72:2; 82:1-4; Proverbs 16:12; Ecclesiastes 3:16; Isaiah 1:21; 16:5; 61:8; Jeremiah 22:3,15-17; Ezekiel 45:9; Daniel 4:27; Hosea 10:4,12; Amos 5:24; 6:12; John 16:8; 1 John 3:7,10
temperance
Proverbs 31:3-5; Ecclesiastes 10:16,17; Isaiah 28:6,7; Daniel 5:1-4,30; Hosea 7:5; Mark 6:18-24; Galatians 5:23; Titus 2:11,12; 1 Peter 4:4; 2 Peter 1:6
judgment
10:42; 17:13; Psalms 50:3,4; Ecclesiastes 3:17; 5:8; 11:9; 12:14; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:16; 14:12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 6:2; 9:27; 1 Peter 4:5; Revelation 20:11-15
Felix
2:37; 9:6; 16:29; 1 Kings 21:27; 2 Kings 22:19; Ezra 10:3,9; Psalms 99:1; 119:120; Isaiah 32:11; 66:2; Jeremiah 23:29; Habakkuk 3:16; Romans 3:19,20; 1 Corinthians 14:24,25; Galatians 3:22; Hebrews 4:1,12; 12:21; James 2:19
Go
16:30-34; 26:28; 1 Kings 22:26,27; Proverbs 1:24-32; Jeremiah 37:17-21; 38:14-28; Matthew 14:5-10; 22:5; 25:1-10
when
17:32; Proverbs 6:4,5; Isaiah 55:6; Haggai 1:2; Luke 13:24,25; 17:26-29; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:7,8,13; 4:11; James 4:13,14

Verse 26
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.
hoped
2,3; Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19; 1 Samuel 8:3; 12:3; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 15:34; Psalms 26:9,10; Proverbs 17:8,23; 19:6; 29:4; Isaiah 1:23; 33:15; 56:11; Ezekiel 22:27; Ezekiel 33:31; Hosea 4:18; 12:7,8; Amos 2:6,7; Micah 3:11; 7:3; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesians 5:5,6; 1 Timothy 6:9,10; 2 Peter 2:3,14,15
wherefore

Verse 27
But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
two
28:30
Porcius Festus
Porcius Festus was put into the government of Judea in the sixth or seventh year of Nero. He died about two years afterwards, and was succeeded by Albinus.
25:1; 26:24,25,32
willing
12:3; 25:9,14; Exodus 23:2; Proverbs 29:25; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:24,25; Galatians 1:10

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Acts 24:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/acts-24.html.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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