Paul was in prison for two years (Acts 24:27)

“After two years had passed,

Felix was succeeded

By Porcius Festus.

Since he wanted

To do the Jews a favor,

Felix left Paul in prison.”

Διετίας δὲ πληρωθείσης ἔλαβεν διάδοχον ὁ Φῆλιξ Πόρκιον Φῆστον· θέλων τε χάριτα καταθέσθαι τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις ὁ Φῆλιξ κατέλιπε τὸν Παῦλον δεδεμένον.

The author of Acts indicated that after two years had passed (Διετίας δὲ πληρωθείσης), Felix (ὁ Φῆλιξ) was succeeded (ἔλαβεν διάδοχον) by Porcius Festus (Πόρκιον Φῆστον).  Since he wanted (θέλων τε) to acquire for himself (καταθέσθαι) the favor (χάριτα) of the Jews (τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις), Felix (ὁ Φῆλιξ) left (κατέλιπε) Paul (τὸν Παῦλον) in prison (δεδεμένον).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words διάδοχον, that means a successor, and καταθέσθαι, that means to lay down, deposit a favor, with the view of receiving one in return, or seek favor.  Felix kept Paul imprisoned in Caesarea for two years.  Then he was replaced by Porcius Festus who was the Roman Judean procurator between 59 and 62 CE.  Felix wanted to stay in the good graces of the Jerusalem Jews, so he never issued a verdict about Paul.  Thus, Paul waited for his verdict after the trial of two years ago.  Have you ever waited for someone to make a decision?

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