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”And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.” - Acts 24:22.


When Paul was accused by the elders of the Jews, the Roman authorities did not just sentence him but heard the Jewish leaders - Ananias the high priest, other elders, and a certain orator named Tertullus - and then Apostle Paul. (Acts 24:1)  The members of the Jewish Council spoke first making many accusation against St. Paul. Tertullus, speaking on behalf of the Jewish elders, accused St. Paul of being “a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: Who also hath gone about to profane the temple”. (Acts 24:1-6) Thereafter, the governor gave St. Paul the chance to defend himself. (Acts 24:10) Even after Paul had spoken, Governor Felix decided that he must hear from Lysias, the officer on ground when the incident took place, and therefore an important witness in regard to the charges against Paul. (Lysias was the Roman officer who arrested Paul, and put him in protective custody, to deliver him from the hand of the Jews. [Acts 24:7; 22]) Before a person can pass a righteous or balanced judgement on any issue, he must get the full facts of the case by hearing from all sides.  That is “diligent inquisition” to avoid miscarriage of justice. – Deuteronomy 19:18.

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