But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.
"We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots1 among the Jews2 all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene3 sect46
and even tried to desecrate the temple;5 so we seized him.
Bya examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."
The Jews joined in the accusation,6 asserting that these things were true.
When the governor7 motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense.
You can easily verify that no more than twelve days8 ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple,9 or stirring up a crowd10 in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.
And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.1114
However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers12 as a follower of the Way,13 which they call a sect.14 I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,15