Acts 24:10-21 (New Living Translation)

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10 Now it was Paul's turn. The governor motioned for him to rise and speak. Paul said, "I know, sir, that you have been a judge of Jewish affairs for many years, and this gives me confidence as I make my defense. 11 You can quickly discover that it was no more than twelve days ago that I arrived in Jerusalem to worship at the Temple. 12 I didn't argue with anyone in the Temple, nor did I incite a riot in any synagogue or on the streets of the city. 13 These men certainly cannot prove the things they accuse me of doing. 14 "But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a sect. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the books of prophecy. 15 I have hope in God, just as these men do, that he will raise both the righteous and the ungodly. 16 Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and everyone else. 17 "After several years away, I returned to Jerusalem with money to aid my people and to offer sacrifices to God. 18 My accusers saw me in the Temple as I was completing a purification ritual. There was no crowd around me and no rioting. 19 But some Jews from the province of Asia were there -- and they ought to be here to bring charges if they have anything against me! 20 Ask these men here what wrongdoing the Jewish high council a found in me, 21 except for one thing I said when I shouted out, 'I am on trial before you today because I believe in the resurrection of the dead!'"
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