When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "I cheerfully make my defense, knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation.
As you can find out, it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem.
They did not find me disputing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd either in the synagogues or throughout the city.
Neither can they prove to you the charge that they now bring against me.
But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down according to the law or written in the prophets.
I have a hope in God—a hope that they themselves also accept—that there will be a resurrection of both a the righteous and the unrighteous.
Therefore I do my best always to have a clear conscience toward God and all people.
Now after some years I came to bring alms to my nation and to offer sacrifices.
While I was doing this, they found me in the temple, completing the rite of purification, without any crowd or disturbance.
But there were some Jews from Asia—they ought to be here before you to make an accusation, if they have anything against me.
Or let these men here tell what crime they had found when I stood before the council,
unless it was this one sentence that I called out while standing before them, "It is about the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.' "
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