- Acts 23:26-30
- Acts 23:26 (KJB)
- Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth
- Since there were many tribunes stationed in Judaea, Claudius Lysias
begins his letter with his identification and sending greetings to the
Governor. This is a lost art to send a letter to someone with the authorís
name at the top instead of at the bottom. Caludius was his Roman name and
Lysias was a Greek name common in Syria.
- Acts 23:27 (KJB)
- This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them:
then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a
- The tribune then begins the explanation of how Paul came to stand before
Felix. He explains to Felix that Paul was apprehended by the Jews and in
their hatred for him wanted to kill him. Then he explains how he intervened
with an army of soldiers to extract Paul from the hands of the crowd. Here
Lysias makes himself out to be a hero by lying concerning Paul. He states
that he rescued Paul because he knew that he was a Roman. However, Lysias
learned of Paulís Roman citizenship when he was about to have him scourged
and Paul told the Centurion who told him. I guess he thought that the
contents of his letter would never become known or he tried to make points
with the Governor.
- Acts 23:28 (KJB)
- And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I
brought him forth into their council:
- Then he explains that he wanted to find out the reason why there was
such a commotion concerning Paul so he brought Paul before the Sanhedrin to
gain answers. He did not jump to any conclusions but wanted to find out the
truth concerning him.
- Acts 23:29 (KJB)
- Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have
nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.
- Then Lysias explains to Felix that it seems that the commotion was
concerning questions about their law and nothing of a criminal nature.
Therefore, Paul did not deserve to be in any type of bonds and certainly
nothing worthy of being put to death. This letter was not just one of
introduction but was considered an official report to the Governor that Paul
was innocent of any type of criminal activities or any sedition against
- Acts 23:30 (KJB)
- And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent
straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before
thee what they had against him. Farewell.
- Then Lysias explains to Felix how he heard about the plot the forty plus
men made for the purpose of killing Paul. This triggered Lysias to
immediately give Paul protection and to bring him to the Governor. He then
told the accusers of Paul that they too were invited to bring their
accusations against Paul in the presence of Felix. By Lysias notifying the
Sanhedrin to bring their accusations against Paul to Felix, it also notified
them that Paul was now out of their jurisdiction and beyond their ability to
kill him, and thus the plot was foiled.