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Acts 23:1-6 (New American Standard)

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Paul before the Council

1 Paul, looking intently at 1the aCouncil, said, "2Brethren , 3I have blived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day." 2 The high priest 4Ananias commanded those standing beside him 5to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, 6you whitewashed wall! Do you 7sit 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, '8YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.' " 6 But perceiving that one group were 9Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in 10the cCouncil, "11Brethren , 12I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for 13the hope and resurrection of the dead!"
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