Acts 24:25
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New International Version
As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."

New Living Translation
As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I'll call for you again."

English Standard Version
And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”

New American Standard Bible
But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you."

King James Bible
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now as he spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix became afraid and replied, "Leave for now, but when I find time I'll call for you."

International Standard Version
As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and said, "For the present you may go. When I get a chance, I will send for you again."

NET Bible
While Paul was discussing righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, I will send for you."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he was speaking with them of righteousness, of holiness and of the judgment that was to come, Felix was afraid and he said, “Go now, and when I have a space I will send for you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Paul discussed the subjects of God's approval, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became afraid and said, "That's enough for now. You can go. When I find time, I'll send for you again."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled and answered, Go away for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you.

American King James Version
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you.

American Standard Version
And as he reasoned of righteousness, and self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as he treated of justice, and chastity, and of the judgment to come, Felix being terrified, answered: For this time, go thy way: but when I have a convenient time, I will send for thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And as he reasoned concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment about to come, Felix, being filled with fear, answered, Go for the present, and when I get an opportunity I will send for thee;

English Revised Version
And as he reasoned of righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, depart for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Weymouth New Testament
But when he dealt with the subjects of justice, self-control, and the judgement which was soon to come, Felix became alarmed and said, "For the present leave me, and when I can find a convenient opportunity I will send for you."

World English Bible
As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will summon you."

Young's Literal Translation
and he reasoning concerning righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment that is about to be, Felix, having become afraid, answered, 'For the present be going, and having got time, I will call for thee;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:22-27 The apostle reasoned concerning the nature and obligations of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come; thus showing the oppressive judge and his profligate mistress, their need of repentance, forgiveness, and of the grace of the gospel. Justice respects our conduct in life, particularly in reference to others; temperance, the state and government of our souls, in reference to God. He who does not exercise himself in these, has neither the form nor the power of godliness, and must be overwhelmed with the Divine wrath in the day of God's appearing. A prospect of the judgment to come, is enough to make the stoutest heart to tremble. Felix trembled, but that was all. Many are startled by the word of God, who are not changed by it. Many fear the consequences of sin, yet continue in the love and practice of sin. In the affairs of our souls, delays are dangerous. Felix put off this matter to a more convenient season, but we do not find that the more convenient season ever came. Behold now is the accepted time; hear the voice of the Lord to-day. He was in haste to turn from hearing the truth. Was any business more urgent than for him to reform his conduct, or more important than the salvation of his soul! Sinners often start up like a man roused from his sleep by a loud noise, but soon sink again into their usual drowsiness. Be not deceived by occasional appearances of religion in ourselves or in others. Above all, let us not trifle with the word of God. Do we expect that as we advance in life our hearts will grow softer, or that the influence of the world will decline? Are we not at this moment in danger of being lost for ever? Now is the day of salvation; tomorrow may be too late.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - And temperance for temperance, A.V.; the judgment for judgment, A.V.; was terrified for trembled, A.V.; and when for when, A.V.; call thee unto me for call for thee, A.V.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,.... The apostle not only discoursed concerning the doctrine of faith in Christ, but insisted upon the duties of religion: and particularly he reasoned upon righteousness; not justifying righteousness, that is only the righteousness of Christ, and which rather belongs to the doctrine of faith in Christ; but the exercise of justice, or the doing of righteousness between man and man; which was agreeably to the light of nature, to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ, and is a virtue highly necessary in a judge, and was greatly wanting in Felix; who, as the historian says (d), was guilty of much cruelty and injustice throughout this government and therefore very appropriately did the apostle fall on this subject: and he might also reason concerning the necessity of a righteousness, in order to justify before God, and to appear before him with acceptance, and to enter into heaven: he might show, that it was the loss of righteousness which was the reason of the first man being removed from his place and state of happiness, in which he was whilst innocent; and that to admit persons into heaven without a righteousness, is contrary to the pure and holy nature of God, who loves righteousness, and hates iniquity; and particularly would not be agreeable to his justice, which requires a perfect righteousness; yea, it would be uncomfortable to holy men themselves, to have ungodly and unrighteous persons with them in heaven: he might also reason upon the want of righteousness, which is in every man; how that the first man having lost his righteousness, all his posterity are destitute of one; and that they are not able to work out one acceptable to God, and which will justify in his sight; that the thing is impracticable and impossible, and that that which men call a righteousness is not one, at least is not a justifying one: he might insist upon the unprofitableness of a man's own works of righteousness for such a purpose, by observing the imperfection of them; and that justification by them is contrary to God's declared way of justifying sinners, is derogatory to his free grace, would make null and void the death of Christ, and encourage boasting in men; and all this he might reason about, in order to convince him of the necessity and suitableness of the righteousness of faith in Christ, he had before been discoursing of: and very pertinently in the next place did he insist on "temperance"; or "continence", and chastity; since Felix had enticed away another man's wife, and now lived in adultery with her: and who was now with him, whilst hearing this discourse; which concluded with an account of "judgment to come"; how that Jesus Christ is appointed the Judge of quick and dead, and that all must appear before him, stand at his bar, and be accountable to him for all their actions, and be judged by him, which will be done in the most righteous manner: he might argue this, not only from the Scriptures of the Old Testament, of which Drusilla might have some knowledge, such as Psalm 96:13, but from reason, from the relation which men stand in to God, as his creatures, and therefore are accountable to him for their actions; and from the justice of God, which in many instances, in the present state of things, is not manifest: good men are afflicted and suffer much, and bad men flourish and enjoy great prosperity; wherefore there must be another state in which things will have another turn, and justice will take place: he might from hence conclude the certainty of a future judgment; and the universality of it, that it would reach to all men and things, and would proceed according to the strict rules of justice, and in the most awful manner; and that a true and just sentence would be pronounced and strictly executed: upon which account of things,

Felix trembled; his conscience was awakened, accused him of the injustice and incontinence he had been guilty of; and his mind was filled with horror, at the thought of the awful judgment he could not escape, which Paul had described unto him; nor could he bear him to discourse any longer on these subjects:

and answered, go thy way for this time, when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee; he signifying he was not at leisure now to hear him any longer; when he had a spare hour he would send for him, and hear him out; but this was only an excuse to get rid of him now, and lull his conscience asleep, and make it quiet and easy; which he was afraid would be more and more disturbed, should he suffer Paul to go on preaching in this manner: it is a saying of R. Judah (e),

"say not when I am at leisure I will learn, perhaps thou wilt never be at leisure.''

(d) Tacit. Hist. l. 5. (e) Pirke Abot, c. 2. sect. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. And as he reasoned of righteousness—with reference to the public character of Felix.

temperance—with reference to his immoral life.

and judgment to come—when he would be called to an awful account for both.

Felix trembled—and no wonder. For, on the testimony of Tacitus, the Roman Annalist [Annals, 9; 12.54], he ruled with a mixture of cruelty, lust, and servility, and relying on the influence of his brother Pallas at court, he thought himself at liberty to commit every sort of crime with impunity. How noble the fidelity and courage which dared to treat of such topics in such a presence, and what withering power must have been in those appeals which made even a Felix to tremble!

Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season I will call for thee—Alas for Felix! This was his golden opportunity, but—like multitudes still—he missed it. Convenient seasons in abundance he found to call for Paul, but never again to "hear him concerning the faith in Christ," and writhe under the terrors of the wrath to come. Even in those moments of terror he had no thought of submission to the Cross or a change of life. The Word discerned the thoughts and intents of his heart, but that heart even then clung to its idols; even as Herod, who "did many things and heard John gladly," but in his best moments was enslaved to his lusts. How many Felixes have appeared from age to age!

Acts 24:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Felix Holds Paul in Custody
24But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. 25But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you." 26At the same time too, he was hoping that money would be given him by Paul; therefore he also used to send for him quite often and converse with him.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 36:16
When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, "We must report all these words to the king."

Acts 10:42
He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.

Galatians 5:23
gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Titus 1:8
Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.

Titus 2:12
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

2 Peter 1:6
and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
Treasury of Scripture

And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you.

he.

Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days …

1 Samuel 12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the …

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your …

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, …

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

righteousness.

Acts 24:15,26 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that …

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules …

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe …

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does …

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your …

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, …

Psalm 72:2 He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.

Psalm 82:1-4 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods…

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne …

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; …

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit on …

Isaiah 61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; …

Jeremiah 22:3,15-17 Thus said the LORD; Execute you judgment and righteousness, and deliver …

Ezekiel 45:9 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Hosea 10:4,12 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus …

Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Amos 6:12 Shall horses run on the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for …

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, …

1 John 3:7,10 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …

temperance.

Proverbs 31:3-5 Give not your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings…

Ecclesiastes 10:16,17 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat …

Isaiah 28:6,7 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for …

Daniel 5:1-4,30 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles …

Mark 6:18-24 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your …

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same …

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

judgment.

Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that …

Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of …

Psalm 50:3,4 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: …

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ …

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

1 Peter 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

Felix.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me …

Acts 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and …

1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his …

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before …

Ezra 10:3,9 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all …

Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; …

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

Isaiah 32:11 Tremble, you women that are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones: …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that …

Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness …

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

1 Corinthians 14:24,25 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or …

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by …

Hebrews 4:1,12 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering …

Hebrews 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, …

Go.

Acts 16:30-34 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved…

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.

1 Kings 22:26,27 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back to …

Proverbs 1:24-32 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Jeremiah 37:17-21 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked …

Jeremiah 38:14-28 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet to him …

Matthew 14:5-10 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, …

Matthew 25:1-10 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

when.

Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: …

Proverbs 6:4,5 Give not sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids…

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Haggai 1:2 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time …

Luke 13:24,25 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 17:26-29 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days …

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day …

Hebrews 3:7,8,13 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice…

Hebrews 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall …

James 4:13,14 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

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