Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began: "Brothers, I have always lived before God in all good conscience!"
Instantly Ananias the high priest commanded those close to Paul to slap him on the mouth.
But Paul said to him, "God will slap you, you whitewashed wall! What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?"
Those standing near Paul said to him, "Is that the way to talk to God's high priest?"
"I'm sorry, brothers. I didn't realize he was the high priest," Paul replied, "for the Scriptures say, 'Do not speak evil of anyone who rules over you.'"
Paul realized that some members of the high council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he shouted, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, as were all my ancestors! And I am on trial because my hope is in the resurrection of the dead!"