and he having been called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, 'Much peace enjoying through thee, and worthy deeds being done to this nation through thy forethought,
Acts 24:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Tertullus began to accuse him - There are three parts in this oration of Tertullus: -
1. The exordium.
2. The proposition.
3. The conclusion.
The exordium contains the praise of Felix and his administration, merely for the purpose of conciliating his esteem, Acts 24:2-4; The proposition is contained in Acts 24:5. The narration and conclusion, in Acts 24:6-8.
By thee we enjoy great quietness - As bad a governor as Felix most certainly was, he rendered some services to Judea. The country had long been infested with robbers; and a very formidable banditti of this kind, under one Eliezar, he entirely suppressed. Joseph. Antiq. lib. xx. cap. 6; Bell. lib. ii, cap. 22. He also suppressed the sedition raised by an Egyptian impostor, who had seduced 30,000 men; see on Acts 21:38 (note). He had also quelled a very afflictive disturbance which took place between the Syrians and the Jews of Caesarea. On this ground Tertullus said, By thee we enjoy great quietness; and illustrious deeds are done to this nation by thy prudent administration. This was all true; but, notwithstanding this, he is well known from his own historians, and from Josephus, to have been not only a very bad man, but also a very bad governor. He was mercenary, oppressive, and cruel; and of all these the Jews brought proofs to Nero, before whom they accused him; and, had it not been for the interest and influence of his brother Pallas; he had been certainly ruined.
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Seeing. Felix, bad as he was, had certainly rendered some services to Judaea. He had entirely subdued a very formidable banditti which had infested the country, and sent their captain, Eliezar, to Rome; had suppressed the sedition raised by the Egyptian impostor (ch.
Acts 21:38 Are not you that Egyptian, which before these days made an uproar...
); and had quelled a very afflictive disturbance which took place between the Syrians and Jews of Caesarea. But, though Tertullus might truly say, 'by thee we enjoy great quietness,' yet it is evident that he was guilty of the grossest flattery, as we have seen both from his own historians and Josephus, that he was both a bad man and a bad governor.
Acts 21:26,27 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple...
Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors.
Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak...
Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words...
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