Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that thou hast been for many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself.
For thou mayest understand that there have been yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither stirring up the people, neither in the synagogues nor in the city.
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
But this I confess unto thee, that according to the Way, which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
And I have hope in God, which they themselves also hold, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
And herein do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.
"Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings,
whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, with neither crowd nor tumult.
These ought to have been here before thee to object if they had aught against me;
or else let these same say here if they have found any evildoing in me when I stood before the council,
unless it be for this one utterance that I cried out standing among them: `Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am called into question by you this day.'"