Bible: Acts 22:30-23:11

Paul Before the Sanhedrin

22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer 1  wanted to know the true reason 2  Paul 3  was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 4  to assemble. He then brought 5  Paul down and had him stand before them.

23:1 Paul looked directly 6  at the council 7  and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience 8  before God to this day.” 23:2 At that 9  the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near 10  Paul 11  to strike 12  him on the mouth. 23:3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! 13  Do 14  you sit there judging me according to the law, 15  and in violation of the law 16  you order me to be struck?” 23:4 Those standing near him 17  said, “Do you dare insult 18  God’s high priest? 23:5 Paul replied, 19 I did not realize, 20  brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.’ 21 

23:6 Then when Paul noticed 22  that part of them were Sadducees 23  and the others Pharisees, 24  he shouted out in the council, 25 Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection 26  of the dead! 23:7 When he said this, 27  an argument 28  began 29  between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 23:8 (For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.) 30  23:9 There was a great commotion, 31  and some experts in the law 32  from the party of the Pharisees stood up 33  and protested strongly, 34 We find nothing wrong 35  with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? 23:10 When the argument became 36  so great the commanding officer 37  feared that they would tear Paul to pieces, 38  he ordered the detachment 39  to go down, take him away from them by force, 40  and bring him into the barracks. 41 

23:11 The following night the Lord 42  stood near 43  Paul 44  and said, “Have courage, 45  for just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, 46  so you must also testify in Rome.” 47 

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