1Paul, lookingintently at 1the aCouncil, said, "2Brethren , 3I have blived my life with a perfectlygoodconscience before God up to thisday."
The highpriest4Ananiascommandedthosestandingbeside him 5to strike him on the mouth.
3ThenPaulsaid to him, "God is going to strike you, 6you whitewashedwall! Do you 7sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Laworder me to be struck?"
But the bystanderssaid, "Do you revileGod'shighpriest?
And Paulsaid, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was highpriest; for it is written, '8YOU SHALL NOT SPEAKEVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.' "
But perceiving that onegroup were 9Sadducees and the otherPharisees, 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!"
As he saidthis, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
For 14the Sadduceessay that there is noresurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Phariseesacknowledge them all.
And there occurred a greatuproar; and some of 15the scribes of the Pharisaicpartystood up and began to argueheatedly, saying, "16We findnothingwrong with thisman; 17suppose a spiritor an angel has spoken to him?"
And as a greatdissension was developing, the dcommander was afraidPaul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to godown and take him away from them by force, and bring him into 18the barracks.
But on 19the night immediately following, the Lordstood at his side and said, "20Takecourage; for 21as you have 22solemnlywitnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you mustwitness at Romealso."