Acts 23:1-6

1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, "Brothers, 1I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
2 And the high priest 2Ananias commanded those who stood by him 3to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you 4whitewashed 5wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet 6contrary to the law you 7order me to be struck?"
4 Those who stood by said, "Would you revile 8God's high priest?
5 And Paul said, 9"I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, 10'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"
6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were 11Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brothers, 12I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is 13with respect to the 14hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial."

Acts 23:1-6 In-Context

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."
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?"
4 Those who stood by said, "Would you revile God's high priest?
5 And Paul said, "I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.'"
6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial."
7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
9 Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party stood up and contended sharply, "We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?"
10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.

Cross References 14

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Timothy 1:3; [Acts 24:16; Job 27:5, 6; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Corinthians 5:11; Hebrews 13:18]
  • 2. Acts 24:1
  • 3. 1 Kings 22:24; Lamentations 3:30; Micah 5:1; 2 Corinthians 11:20
  • 4. [Matthew 23:27]
  • 5. [Isaiah 30:13; Ezekiel 13:10-14]
  • 6. Deuteronomy 25:1, 2; See John 7:51
  • 7. Deuteronomy 25:1, 2; See John 7:51
  • 8. [1 Samuel 2:28; Psalms 106:16]
  • 9. [Acts 24:1]
  • 10. Cited from Exodus 22:28
  • 11. See Matthew 22:23
  • 12. Acts 26:5; Philippians 3:5
  • 13. Acts 24:15, 21; Acts 26:6-8; Acts 28:20
  • 14. [Acts 2:26, 27]; See Colossians 1:5
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