Acts 23:1-15 New American Standard Bible

23 Paul , looking intently at the Council , said , " Brethren e , I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day ." 2  The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth . 3  Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall ! Do you sit to try me according to the Law , and in violation of the Law order me to be struck ?" 4  But the bystanders said , "Do you revile God's high priest ? 5  And Paul said , "I was not aware , brethren , that he was high priest ; for it is written , ' YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE .' "

6  But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees , Paul began crying out in the Council , " Brethren e , I am a Pharisee , a son of Pharisees ; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead !" 7  As he said this , there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees , and the assembly was divided . 8  For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection , nor an angel , nor a spirit , but the Pharisees acknowledge them all . 9  And there occurred a great uproar ; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly , saying , " We find nothing wrong with this man ; suppose e a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 10  And as a great dissension was developing , the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force , and bring him into the barracks . 11  But on the night immediately following , the Lord stood at his side and said , " Take courage ; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause e at Jerusalem , so you must witness at Rome also ."

The Plot against Paul's Life

12  When it was day , the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath , saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul . 13  There were more than forty who formed this plot . 14  They came to the chief priests and the elders and said , "We have bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul 15  "Now therefore , you and the Council notify the commander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case e by a more thorough investigation ; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comes near the place."

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