10 When the governor 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.

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11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

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12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city.

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13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me.

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14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,

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      15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

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      16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

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      17 “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings.
      18 I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.

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      19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.

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      20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin—
      21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’ ”

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