Acts 24:10-21 NIV

10 When the governor1 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 days2 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,3 or stirring up a crowd4 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.5

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14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers6 as a follower of the Way,7 which they call a sect.8 I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,9

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      15 and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection10 of both the righteous and the wicked.11

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      16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear12 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 poor13 and to present offerings.
      18 I was ceremonially clean14 when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.15

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      19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia,16 who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me.17

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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.' "18

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