While Paul was looking intently at the council he said, "Brothers, a up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God."
Then the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him to strike him on the mouth.
At this Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting there to judge me according to the law, and yet in violation of the law you order me to be struck?"
Those standing nearby said, "Do you dare to insult God's high priest?
And Paul said, "I did not realize, brothers, that he was high priest; for it is written, "You shall not speak evil of a leader of your people.' "
When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection b of the dead."
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