Acts 23:1-22 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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23 1Paul looked at the Jewish council meeting and said, "Brothers, I have lived
my life in a good way before God. I have always done what I thought was right."
2Ananias,* the high priest,* was there. Ananias heard Paul and told the men who
were standing near Paul to hit him on his mouth. 3Paul said to Ananias, "God will
hit you too! You are like a [dirty] wall that has been painted white! You sit there
and judge me, using the law [of Moses]. But you are telling them to hit me, and
that is against the law [of Moses]." 4The men standing near Paul said to him, "You
cannot talk like that to God's high priest.* You are insulting him!" 5Paul said,
"Brothers, I did not know this man was the high priest. It is written in the Scriptures,*
'You must not say bad things about a leader of your people.'*"
6Some of the men in the meeting were Sadducees* and some others were Pharisees.*
So Paul had an idea: He shouted to them, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee and my father
was a Pharisee! I am on trial here because I hope (believe) that people will rise
from death!" 7When Paul said this, there was a big argument between the Pharisees*
and the Sadducees.* The group was divided. 8(The Sadducees believe that after people
die, they will not live again as an angel or as a spirit. But the Pharisees believe
in both.) 9All these Jews began shouting louder and louder. Some of the teachers
of the law, who were Pharisees, stood up and argued, "We find nothing wrong with
this man! Maybe an angel or a spirit really did speak to him!" 10The argument became
a fight. The commander was afraid that the Jews would tear Paul to pieces. So the
commander told the soldiers to go down and take Paul away from these Jews and to
put him in the army building.
11The next night the Lord [Jesus] came and stood by Paul. He said, "Be brave! You
have told people in Jerusalem about me. You must also go to Rome to tell people
there about me!"
12The next morning some of the Jews made a plan. They wanted to kill Paul. The Jews
made a promise (vow) to themselves that they would not eat or drink anything until
they had killed Paul. 13There were more than 40 Jews who made this plan. 14These
Jews went and talked to the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders. The Jews
said, "We have made a serious promise to ourselves. We promised that we will not
eat or drink until we have killed Paul! 15So this is what we want you to do: Send
a message to the commander from you and all the Jewish leaders. Tell the commander
you want him to bring Paul out to you. Tell the commander that you want to ask Paul
more questions. We will be waiting to kill Paul while he is on the way here."
16But Paul's nephew heard about this plan. He went to the army building and told
Paul about the plan. 17Then Paul called one of the army officers* and said to him,
"Take this young man to the commander. He has a message for him." 18So the army
officer brought Paul's nephew to the commander. The officer said, "The prisoner,
Paul, asked me to bring this young man to you. He wants to tell you something."
19The commander led the young man to a place where they could be alone. The commander
asked, "What do you want to tell me?" 20The young man said, "The Jews have decided
to ask you to bring Paul down to their council meeting tomorrow. The Jews want you
to think that they plan to ask Paul more questions. 21But don't believe them! There
are more than 40 Jews who are hiding and waiting to kill Paul. They have all promised
(vowed) not to eat or drink until they have killed him! Now they are waiting for
you to say yes." 22The commander sent the young man away. The commander told him,
"Don't tell anyone that you have told me about their plan."
Footnotes:Ananias Not the same man named Ananias in Acts 22:12. high priest The
most important Jewish priest and leader. Scriptures Holy Writings--the Old Testament.
'You must not say ... people' Quote from Ex. 22:28. Sadducees A leading Jewish religious
group. They accepted only the first five books of the Old Testament. They believed
that people don't live again after death. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish
religious group that claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs. army
officers A centurion, a Roman army officer who had authority over 100 soldiers.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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