Paul Before the Council
The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, a I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him b to strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and c do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?"
And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
Then Paul said, d "I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, e 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' "
But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, f I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; g concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!"
And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.
h For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection - and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, i "We find no evil in this man; but j if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, k let us not fight against God."
Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.
But l the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in m Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at n Rome."
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Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, "Which way did the spirit from the LORD go from me to speak to you?
Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.
And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Do You answer the high priest like that?
You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.
If there is a dispute between men, and they come to court, that the judges may judge them, and they justify the righteous and condemn the wicked.
Then it shall be, if the wicked man deserves to be beaten, that the judge will cause him to lie down and be beaten in his presence, according to his guilt, with a certain number of blows.
"Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?"
If a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity.
And he shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him regarding his ignorance in which he erred and did not know it, and it shall be forgiven him.
You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, And a bird in flight may tell the matter.
2 Peter 2:10
And especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries.
They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee.
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
"unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.'"
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.
"For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain."
The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him.
Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him.
But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.
And when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, "This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.
Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him.
Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
"And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'
Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance
"and saw Him saying to me, 'Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.'
"but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it - lest you even be found to fight against God."
Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent.
For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve.
"saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.'
On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Acts 22:1 - 21
"Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now."
Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: "Men and brethren, though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.