Acts 23:1-5

Paul Before the Sanhedrin

1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”
2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”
4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”
5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’[a]

Acts 23:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
ESV
1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
NLT
1 Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began: “Brothers, I have always lived before God with a clear conscience!”
MSG
1 Paul surveyed the members of the council with a steady gaze, and then said his piece: "Friends, I've lived with a clear conscience before God all my life, up to this very moment."
CSB
1 Paul looked intently at the Sanhedrin and said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience until this day."

Acts 23:1-5 In-Context

1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”
2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”
4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”
5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ ”
6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.”
7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”

Cross References 8

  • 1. Acts 22:30
  • 2. S Acts 22:5
  • 3. Acts 24:16; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Timothy 1:5,19; 1 Timothy 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 10:22; Hebrews 13:18; 1 Peter 3:16,21
  • 4. Acts 24:1
  • 5. John 18:22
  • 6. Matthew 23:27
  • 7. Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 25:1,2; John 7:51
  • 8. Exodus 22:28

Footnotes 1

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