24:24 Some days later, when Felix 1 arrived with his wife Drusilla, 2 who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 3 about faith in Christ Jesus. 4 24:25 While Paul 5 was discussing 6 righteousness, self-control, 7 and the coming judgment, Felix 8 became 9 frightened and said, “Go away for now, and when I have an opportunity, 10 I will send for you.”
2 sn It is possible that Drusilla, being Jewish, was the source of Felix’s knowledge about the new movement called Christianity. The youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I and sister of Agrippa II, she would have been close to 20 years old at the time. She had married the king of a small region in Syria but divorced him at the age of 16 to marry Felix. This was her second marriage and Felix’s third (Josephus, Ant. 19.9.1 [19.354], 20.7.2 [20.141-144]). As a member of Herod’s family, she probably knew about the Way.
4 tn Or “Messiah Jesus”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”
5 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Paul) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
6 tn Or “speaking about.”
7 tn Grk “and self-control.” This καί (kai) has not been translated since English normally uses a coordinating conjunction only between the last two elements in a series of three or more.
sn The topic of self-control was appropriate in view of the personal history of both Felix and Drusilla (see the note on “Drusilla” in the previous verse), and might well account for Felix’s anxiety.
9 tn Grk “becoming.” The participle γενόμενος (genomenos) has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.