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Acts 23:4-14 (New American Standard)

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4 But the bystanders said, "Do you revile God's high priest? 5 And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, '1YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.' " 6 But perceiving that one group were 2Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in 3the aCouncil, "4Brethren , 5I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for 6the hope and resurrection of the dead!" 7 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 For 7the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of 8the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, "9We find nothing wrong with this man; 10suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 10 And as a great dissension was developing, the bcommander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into 11the barracks. 11 But on 12the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, "13Take courage; for 14as you have 15solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also."

A Conspiracy to Kill Paul

12 When it was day, 16the Jews formed a cconspiracy and 17bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty who formed this plot. 14 They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, "We have 18bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul
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