And when the governor had motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: "Realizing that for many years you have been judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
As you may ascertain, it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem;
and they did not find me disputing with any one or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues, or in the city.
Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me.
But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law or written in the prophets,
having a hope in God which these themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward God and toward men.
Now after some years I came to bring to my nation alms and offerings.
As I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia--
they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, if they have anything against me.
Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council,
except this one thing which I cried out while standing among them, 'With respect to the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you this day.'"
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)