Acts 23:6-15

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?”
10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

The Plot to Kill Paul

12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”

Cross References 15

  • 1. ver 7,8; S Acts 4:1
  • 2. S Acts 22:5
  • 3. Acts 26:5; Philippians 3:5
  • 4. Acts 24:15,21; Acts 26:8
  • 5. Matthew 22:23; 1 Corinthians 15:12
  • 6. Mark 2:16
  • 7. ver 29; Jeremiah 26:16; S Luke 23:4; Acts 25:25; Acts 26:31; Acts 28:18
  • 8. Ac 22:7,17,18
  • 9. S Acts 21:34
  • 10. S Matthew 14:27; Acts 18:9
  • 11. Acts 19:21; Acts 28:23
  • 12. S Acts 20:3
  • 13. ver 14,21,30; Acts 25:3
  • 14. ver 12
  • 15. ver 1; Acts 22:30
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