Acts Chapter 23

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Acts 23

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

27 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 Roman.

28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:

29 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.

30 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.

31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:

33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;

35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

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28 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23

  1. I’m not alone!!!

    And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. (‭Acts‬ ‭23‬:‭11‬ KJV)

    Praise The Lord!! You’re not alone in this journey of “life.” No matter those who think, speak, or even feel anything negative against me…….. I’m not alone!! I must continue walking in the path The Lord has prepared for me, I’ve got a testimony and I must share it.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (‭Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭4-6‬ KJV)

  2. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?” (‭Acts‬ ‭23‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

    Some think their to holy to even sin. That’s a lie we all have sinned and come short of his glory. Don’t think your to holy and to “righteous” and blame others for their wrong doing. When your over here doing evil things in the shadows. Correct your life before you correct others. Hypocrite.
    Lord forgive me if I ever come to a point in my life like that. I humble myself to you.

    But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” (‭Acts‬ ‭23‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

    It must have been a amazing feeling to know that God has a further plans for you. That where your at is not your end. Other plans for greater things. Makes you want to say to them “hurry up I have things to do.” It’s not the end God has greater things for us when we are in bad situations. Just trust in him.

    Teach me to trust you MORE JESUS.

  3. A divided HOUSE

    6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    Mark 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
    Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

    Paul is so wise, He realizes and decides to use their strengths against each other; their believes!!!! There are 2 things that will always instigate an argument or debate and they are Politics and Religion. Paul knew this was his way out. He knew that once the arguments and debate began about resurrection he will no longer be the center of attention. Just remember Brothers and Sisters keep the UNITY AND YOU KEEP THE STRENGTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    Paul knowing the law, and his heart was only planning to bring out what was in the heart his accusers. When we know what is in our hearts we need to let God lead us to those that need him.

  5. Acts 23

    1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day

    Paul looked directly at the council and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God to this day.” -Acts 23:1 NET

    How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? -Hebrews 9:14

    The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: -1 Peter 3:21

    Thank God that through his blood that was shed for me and applied to my life by his death, burial and resurrection I can live life with a pure conscience towards God.

  6. God’s positioning

    Acts 23:20 (KJV Strong’s)
    20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him MORE perfectly.

    Paul was comforted to not be afraid by the Lord himself. More than forty men had conspired to kill Paul. Yet God had positioned a man to hear the plot, and warn the guard.

    The bible tells us not to fear around 365 times. This is because when we realize God is in control we have nothing to be afraid of.

    For every move of the enemy God is seven ahead of him. Throughout our days we too face challenges, but God’s positioning will always come through.

    Miracles abound of people arriving at the last moment as answer to prayer. We do not need to be worried, but rather rejoice when challenges come up. They are not a testimony to hopelessness, but an indication that God is about to do something spectacular!

    Galatians 4:4-5 (Amplified Bible – AMP)
    4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
    5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, toatone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].

  7. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    What is the big picture? I have prayed so many times to the Lord to allow me to see a glimpse of the big picture of what is going on in my life. I have yet to see the big picture. Here Paul is just barely going to escape this persecution with his life. Now God says; “Good job. Now go to Rome and do it again”. I understand that I am a very small piece in a very large design. I am ok with that. However, in the heat of the battle, if I could get an understanding of the big picture of things it would make things easier to deal with.

  8. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day

    Paul did good best to be obedient to God and to preach his word. As a result he was condemned and imprisoned but it didn’t stop him from proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  9. 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

    God sees everything and what he knows is all that matters

  10. 16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

    17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

    18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

    19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

    20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

    21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

    22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

    Pauls’ nephew was in the perfect place at the perfect time, and was able to warn Paul of the impending trouble coming his way. God used the nephew to send a warning and Paul heeded the warning. Who is God using to send warnings into our lives? Are we listen? It just might spare us some heartache and trouble if we will be obedient to what they are saying.

  11. CONFUSE YOUR ACCUSERS

    6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
    9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
    10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    Intimidation is a strong arm tactic of satan. Fear paralyzes and has torment, therefore it is a desired method of satan to hinder the PROGRESS and GROWTH of the Kingdom of GOD. We learn form Paul a simple principal that we may utilize in the event that we are accused falsely for our righteous living.

    Paul utilized the gift of discernment to identify his audience was not unified, he then capitalized on their differences and questioned their accusations, the LORD sent an angel to comfort him in the turmoil, in the midst of accusation to be of “GOOD CHEER”. The key to CONFUSE YOUR ACCUSERS is to “Question their Questions”. Make the accusers accountable for their accusations.

    Another way to CONFUSE YOUR ACCUSERS is through the avenue of “PRAISE THE LORD”

    2Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
    21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
    22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

    FAITH in GOD and our PRAISE to HIM causes the LORD to set “AMBUSHMENTS” against our adversaries. The turned the table on their surprise tactic and surprised them with his own AMBUSH as the result of a people (Church) that would PRAISE the LORD.

    Remember:
    Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

    PRAISE THE LORD

  12. iLove to eat More Word

    “Got Food”

    12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    So, I wonder how many of these self righteous Jews were so righteous that they kept their vows…We know that Paul lived many years after this episode, I’m just curious how long these guys kept their fast…Got food?

  13. 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

    24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

    We are more!   
    This reminded me of the time when the servant of the prophet was getting overwhelmed and only saw the opposing forces and then the prophet prayed that his servant’s eyes may be opened and then he saw the armies of the The Lord that accompanied them for protection ready to serve in battle.  We should always know that God is for us.  So there arouse about 40 together to try and by lies,  “more perfectly” question him and take opportunity to kill him, but God had an entire battalion of army to protect one man.  And this was in the physical where the naked eye could see; imagine the thousands of angels ready at the Lord’s command to fight and defend Paul.  This just brings great motivation to me because if God is for us, who can be against us??!   We will always outnumber the enemy.  To God be the glory! We win!!  His will, will be accomplished.  

  14. “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.” Although it may appear that there is no hope, one can rest assured nothing or no one shall interfere with God’s (Jesus) plans. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  15. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another brethen. he that speaketh evil of his brother and judgeth his brother speaketh evil of the law and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

  16. What Do We Speak?

    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    1 Corinthians 1:10
    Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    We would like to think that we as Apostolics all believe the same thing, but get on the correct topics and you will find that there is in fact quite a bit of variance, from church to church, family to family, etc. But when it comes down to it, will our differences (whether right or wrong) override the fact we are brothers and sisters in Christ? When some external stimulus starts poking at our differences, will it cause our hackles to go up, opinions to flare, and disagreements to magnify? Or will it cause us to identify with each other through Christ and see the Blood more than our differences?

    Mark 3:25
    And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

  17. amen
    acts2:38
    then peter said unto them repent and be babtized in the name of jesus
    christ and ye shall recevie the gift of the holy ghost

  18. 11, “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
    12, “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.”
    13, “And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.”

    The scripture that came to mind as I read these scriptures is Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” When we TRUST in God, He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Nothing is to hard for our God!

    So, Don’t Worry but BE HAPPY. BE OF GOOD CHEER!!

  19. This passage of scripture shows that’s God will always protects His children. How great is God’s grace and mercy! If we will be in God’s will He will keep us. And it doesn’t matter what our past is. 

  20. v11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, so must thou bear witness also at Rome .

    Why be of good cheer ? That’s because we have the assurance that everything that occurs in one’s life works for our ultimate good. The goodness and purpose of GOD is what helps us to continue faithfully even in the midst of trails and disappointments.
    HE IS FAITHFUL !!!!
    BE OF GOOD CHEER !!!!

  21. The Zealots were radical Jews who sought the violent overthrow of the Roman regime in Judea under the rallying cry “No king but God!” They came to prominence during the Jewish revolt against Rome in a.d. 66–73, but the roots of violent rebellion stretch back much further. While scholars debate whether there was a continuous, organized movement of insurrection throughout the first century a.d., it is at least interesting to note that some of the leaders of the uprising in a.d. 66 were direct descendants of men who had fought against Rome during the first century b.c. When Jesus advocated nonviolent resistance to enemies, he may have been directly opposing this kind of armed revolution.
    The Essenes were another protest group in early Judaism. This faction most likely grew out of mid-second-century b.c. reform movements that arose during the Maccabean revolt. By the first century a.d. the Essenes were a significant force for renewal in Judaism. Like the Pharisees, they were concerned with purity and called for a strict adherence to the Law, although the two groups disagreed on particular points of interpretation and practice. The Essenes were noted for their ascetic tendencies, their nonparticipation in temple worship and their desire to isolate themselves in tight-knit communities. Some of the more radical Essenes who followed the so-called Teacher of Righteousness eventually gave up hope of renewal through normal channels and withdrew to the Judean wilderness to live together near the Dead Sea.

    • It’s easy to see when people want to argue. They begin to have an “us” verses “them” mentality that jumps put to bite them. We need to be careful and speak the love of Christ to those who seen ready to choose sides. Maybe then they will choose JESUS.

  22. Acts23:9 there was a great uproar and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. We find nothing wrong with this man they said. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them.he ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said. Take courage As you have testified about me in Jerusalem so you must also testify in Rome.

  23. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    A house devided against itself cannot stand. This is one reason why unity is so crutial in the church body. We must not allow petty things get in the way of what God has ordained for our church.

  24. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
    Always stand for Jesus and never quit on Him, He will never quit on you. It may not be right now like you want it, but Jesus will always be faithful.
    Glory to God, I love you Jesus.

  25. Sometimes it might seem like everything and everybody is coming against you; but, the Lord is right there (just like he was with Paul). The MORE we do, it might seem like the MORE comes against us; but, remember God is on your side. This is not the time to question; but, believe and trust in Him. The time to question maybe when nothing seems to be moving and the comfortable seems right!

  26. Then Paul, gazing earnestly at the council (Sanhedrin), said, Brethren, I have lived before God, doing my duty with a perfectly good conscience until this very day as a citizen, a true and loyal Jew]. ( AMP)

    I want to live before you God, doing what I’m suppose to be doing and clean from sin. For if I am unclean I will not be able to be in heaven. Guide me Jesus and give me the wisdom that I need to be MORE like you!!!
    9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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