Tertullus said that Felix was a good ruler (Acts 24:2)

“When Paul had been summoned,

Tertullus began

To accuse him.

He said.

‘Your Excellency!

Because of you

We have long

Enjoyed peace.

Reforms have been made

For this people

Because of your foresight.”

κληθέντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἤρξατο κατηγορεῖν ὁ Τέρτυλλος λέγων Πολλῆς εἰρήνης τυγχάνοντες διὰ σοῦ καὶ διορθωμάτων γινομένων τῷ ἔθνει τούτῳ διὰ τῆς σῆς προνοίας,

The author of Acts indicated that when Paul had been summoned (κληθέντος δὲ), Tertullus (ὁ Τέρτυλλος) began to accuse him (αὐτοῦ ἤρξατο κατηγορεῖν).  He told (λέγων) the governor that because of him (διὰ σοῦ), they had long enjoyed great peace (Πολλῆς εἰρήνης τυγχάνοντες).  Reforms had been made (καὶ διορθωμάτων γινομένων) for this people (τῷ ἔθνει) because of his foresight (διὰ τῆς σῆς προνοίας).  They summoned Paul to appear for this trial.  Tertullus was the main accuser for the Jerusalem Jews, since he may have been the best Latin or Greek speaker.  Tertullus began by praising Governor Felix for all his accomplishments in a form of flattery.  This was all about how wonderful Felix had been as a great ruler of Judea.  Under him, their country had enjoyed peace and far reaching reforms.  Flattery will get you everywhere.  Has anyone ever flattered you?

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