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The Book of Acts Chapter 24 (40 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
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
Tertullus was an attorney, either Roman or Italian,
who would be better suited to understand Roman customs
and laws. The Jews and their attorney now bring
accusation before Felix.
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.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto
thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy
clemency a few words.
Of course you have the usual "buttering up" of the
Governor first, then the flattery, the stimulation of
the pride of the Roman government, then false humility
on the part of Tertullus, then the false accusations
brought against Paul. This verbiage seems to imply
that everything was quiet until Paul came on the
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:
Tertullus called Paul and infection of society, a
corrupter of morals, a rabble-rouser, a pest who is
associated with other pest, but unlike them, he is the
leader of them. Not only that but he calls him a
mover of seditions, a man who stirs up feelings and
emotions of dissentions and trouble all over the world
where the Jews are. He is also accused of being the
commander of the party of the Nazarenes, which was a
name of contempt given to Christians.
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple:
whom we took, and would have judged according to our
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with
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