And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: "Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
You can verify that 1it is not more than twelve days since I 2went up 3to worship in Jerusalem,
and 4they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city.
5Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me.
But this I confess to you, that according to 6the Way, which they call 7a sect, 8I worship 9the God of our fathers, believing everything 10laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,
11having 12a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be 13a resurrection 14of both the just and the unjust.
So I always 15take pains to have a 16clear conscience toward both God and man.
Now 17after several years 18I came to bring alms to 19my nation and to present 20offerings.
While I was doing this, they found me 21purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But 22some Jews from Asia--
23they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me.
Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council,
other than this one thing 24that I cried out while standing among them: 'It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.'"