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Acts 24:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 The Jews joined in the accusation,1 asserting that these things were true. 10 When the governor2 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. 11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days3 ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple,4 or stirring up a crowd5 in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.6 14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers7 as a follower of the Way,8 which they call a sect.9 I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,10 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection11 of both the righteous and the wicked.12 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear13 before God and man. 17 "After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor14 and to present offerings. 18 I was ceremonially clean15 when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.16 19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia,17 who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.18
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