When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "Because I know you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I am glad to offer my defense in what concerns me.
You are able to determine that it is no more than 12 days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem.
And they didn't find me disputing with anyone or causing a disturbance among the crowd, either in the temple complex or in the synagogues, or anywhere in the city.
Neither can they provide evidence to you of what they now bring against me.
But I confess this to you: that according to the Way, which they call a sect, so I worship my fathers' God, believing all the things that are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
And I have a hope in God, which these men themselves also accept, that there is going to be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men.
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my nation,
and while I was doing this, some Jews from the province of Asia found me ritually purified in the temple, without a crowd and without any uproar.
It is they who ought to be here before you to bring charges, if they have anything against me.
Either let these men here state what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
or about this one statement I cried out while standing among them, 'Today I am being judged before you concerning the resurrection of the dead.' "