Acts 24:25
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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."

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.

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;

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;'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As he reasoned of righteousness - Δικαιοσυνης; The principles and requisitions of justice and right, between God and man; and between man and his fellows, in all relations and connections of life.

Temperance - Εγκρατειας, Chastity; self-government or moderation with regard to a man's appetites, passions, and propensities of all kinds.

And judgment to come - Κριματος του μελλοντος; The day of retribution, in which the unjust, intemperate, and incontinent, must give account of all the deeds done in the body. This discourse of St. Paul was most solemnly and pointedly adapted to the state of the person to whom it was addressed. Felix was tyrannous and oppressive in his government; lived under the power of avarice and unbridled appetites; and his incontinence, intemperance, and injustice, appear fully in depriving the king of Emesa of his wife, and in his conduct towards St. Paul, and the motives by which that conduct was regulated. And as to Drusilla, who had forsaken the husband of her youth, and forgotten the covenant of her God, and become the willing companion of this bad man, she was worthy of the strongest reprehension; and Paul's reasoning on righteousness, temperance, and judgment, was not less applicable to her than to her unprincipled paramour.

Felix trembled - "The reason of Felix's fear," says Bp. Pearce, "seems to have been, lest Drusilla, who was a Jewess, and knew that what she had done was against the law of Moses, might be influenced by Paul's discourse, and Felix's happiness with her disturbed. What is said of Felix, Acts 24:26, seems to show that he had no remorse of conscience for what he had done." On the head of Drusilla's scruples, he had little to fear; the king of Emesa, her husband, had been dead about three years before this; and as to Jewish scruples, she could be little affected by them: she had already acted in opposition to the Jewish law, and she is said to have turned heathen for the sake of Felix. We may therefore hope that Felix felt regret for the iniquities of his life; and that his conscience was neither so seared nor so hardened, as not to receive and retain some gracious impressions from such a discourse, delivered by the authority, and accompanied with the influence, of the Spirit of God. His frequently sending for the apostle, to speak with him in private, is a proof that he wished to receive farther instructions in a matter in which he was so deeply interested; though he certainly was not without motives of a baser kind; for he hoped to get money for the liberation of the apostle.

Go thy way for this time - His conscience had received as much terror and alarm as it was capable of bearing; and probably he wished to hide, by privacy, the confusion and dismay which, by this time, were fully evident in his countenance.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he.

Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

1 Samuel 12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD...

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God...

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 there shall be a resurrection of the dead...

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

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

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does behold the upright.

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

Psalm 58:1,2 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men...

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 is established by righteousness.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment...

Isaiah 61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth...

Jeremiah 22:3,15-17 Thus said the LORD; Execute you judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong...

Ezekiel 45:9 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice...

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness...

Hosea 10:4,12 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springs up as hemlock in the furrows of the field...

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 you have turned judgment into gall...

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

1 John 3:7,10 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous...

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 in the morning!...

Isaiah 28:6,7 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate...

Daniel 5:1-4,30 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand...

Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

Mark 6:18-24 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife...

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 excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

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

judgment.

Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also...

Psalm 50:3,4 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him...

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter...

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart...

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory...

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

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 both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness...

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body...

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels...

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

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 face the earth and the heaven fled away...

Felix.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers...

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the city...

Acts 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

1 Kings 21:27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his flesh, and fasted...

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place...

Ezra 10:3,9 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them...

Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; let the earth be moved.

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: strip you, and make you bore, and gird sackcloth on your loins.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look...

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

Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself...

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

1 Corinthians 14:24,25 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all...

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Hebrews 4:1,12 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it...

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, and tremble.

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 Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son...

Proverbs 1:24-32 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded...

Jeremiah 37:17-21 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD...

Jeremiah 38:14-28 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet to him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD...

Matthew 14:5-10 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet...

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

Matthew 25:1-10 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom...

when.

Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter.

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 is not come, the time that the LORD's house should be built.

Luke 13:24,25 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able...

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

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored you: behold, now is the accepted time...

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 after the same example of unbelief.

James 4:13,14 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain...

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Paul and Felix
ACTS xxiv. 25. 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. This is a well-known text, on which many a sermon has been preached, and with good reason, for it is an important text. It tells us of a man who, like too many men in all times, trembled when he heard the truth about his wicked life, but did not therefore repent and mend; and a very serious lesson we may
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

A Loyal Tribute
[Footnote: Preached on the occasion of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.] '...Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3. We accept it always ... with all thankfulness.'--ACTS xxiv. 2-3. These words were addressed by a professional flatterer to one of the worst of the many bad Roman governors of Syria. The speaker knew that he was lying, the listeners knew that the eulogium was undeserved; and among all the crowd of bystanders
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

The Witness of Our Own Spirit
"This is our rejoicing, the testimony of out conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world." 2 Cor. 1:12 1. Such is the voice of every true believer in Christ, so long as he abides in faith and love. "He that followeth me," saith our Lord, "walketh not in darkness:" And while he hath the light, he rejoiceth therein. As he hath "received the Lord Jesus Christ," so he walketh in him; and while he walketh
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Parables Exemplified in the Early History of the Church.
"To Him shall prayer unceasing And daily vows ascend; His Kingdom still increasing, A Kingdom without end." We have seen that our Lord described in His Parables the general character and nature of "The Kingdom of Heaven." Consequently, if the Church established by the Apostles under the guidance of the Holy Ghost is "The Kingdom of Heaven," it will necessarily be found to agree with the description thus given. Let us therefore now consider how far the history of the Church, in the Acts of the Apostles
Edward Burbidge—The Kingdom of Heaven; What is it?

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;

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