After five days Ananias the high priest came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. These men presented their case against Paul to the governor.
When he was called in, Tertullus began to accuse him and said: "Since we enjoy great peace because of you, and reforms are taking place for the benefit of this nation by your foresight,
we gratefully receive them always and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.
However, so that I will not burden you any further, I beg you in your graciousness to give us a brief hearing.
For we have found this man to be a plague, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the Roman world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes!
He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we apprehended him [[and wanted to judge him according to our law.
But Lysias the commander came and took him from our hands, commanding his accusers to come to you.]]
By examining him yourself you will be able to discern all these things of which we accuse him."
The Jews also joined in the attack, alleging that these things were so.
When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "Because I know you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I am glad to offer my defense in what concerns me.
You are able to determine that it is no more than 12 days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem.
And they didn't find me disputing with anyone or causing a disturbance among the crowd, either in the temple complex or in the synagogues, or anywhere in the city.
Neither can they provide evidence to you of what they now bring against me.