When 1the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paulresponded: "K nowing that for manyyears you have been a judge to thisnation, I cheerfullymake my defense,
since you cantakenote of the fact that nomore than 2twelvedaysago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
"3Neither in the temple, nor in the synagogues, nor in the city itself did they find me carrying on a discussion with anyoneor4causingaa riot.
"5Norcan they prove to you the charges of which they nowaccuse me.
"But this I admit to you, that according to 6the Waywhich they call a 7sect I do serveb8the God of our fathers, 9believingeverything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;
15having a hope in God, which10thesemencherishthemselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
"In view of this, 11I alsocdo my best to maintainalways a blamelessconscience both beforeGod and before men.
17"Now12afterseveralyears I 13came to bringdalms to my nation and to presentofferings;
in which they found me occupied in the temple, having been 14purified, without any 15crowdoruproar. But there were some16Jews from eAsia -
19whoought to have beenpresentbefore you and to 17makeaccusation, if they should haveanythingagainst me.
20"Orelse let thesementhemselvestellwhatmisdeed they found when I stoodbefore18the fCouncil,
21otherthan for thisonestatementwhich19I shouted out while standingamong them, 'For the resurrection of the dead I am on trialbefore you today.' "