Acts 23:1-15 Bible in Basic English

23 1  And Paul, looking fixedly at the Sanhedrin, said, My brothers, my life has been upright before God till this day. 2  And the high priest, Ananias, gave orders to those who were near him to give him a blow on the mouth. 3  Then Paul said to him, God will give blows to you, you whitewashed wall: are you here to be my judge by law, and by your orders am I given blows against the law? 4  And those who were near said, Do you say such words against God's high priest? 5  And Paul said, Brother, I had no idea that he was the high priest: for it has been said, You may not say evil about the ruler of your people.

6  But when Paul saw that half of them were Sadducees and the rest Pharisees, he said in the Sanhedrin, Brothers, I am a Pharisee, and the son of Pharisees: I am here to be judged on the question of the hope of the coming back from the dead. 7  And when he had said this, there was an argument between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and a division in the meeting. 8  For the Sadducees say that there is no coming back from the dead, and no angels or spirits: but the Pharisees have belief in all these. 9  And there was a great outcry: and some of the scribes on the side of the Pharisees got up and took part in the discussion, saying, We see no evil in this man: what if he has had a revelation from an angel or a spirit? 10  And when the argument became very violent, the chief captain, fearing that Paul would be pulled in two by them, gave orders to the armed men to take him by force from among them, and take him into the army building. 11  And the night after, the Lord came to his side and said, Be of good heart, for as you have been witnessing for me in Jerusalem, so will you be my witness in Rome.

The Plot against Paul's Life

12  And when it was day, the Jews came together and put themselves under an oath that they would take no food or drink till they had put Paul to death. 13  And more than forty of them took this oath. 14  And they came to the chief priests and the rulers and said, We have taken a great oath to take no food till we have put Paul to death 15  So now, will you and the Sanhedrin make a request to the military authorities to have him sent down to you, as if you were desiring to go into the business in greater detail; and we, before ever he gets to you, will be waiting to put him to death.

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