The New King James Version

Acts 23:1–6

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23 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, aI have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him bto 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 cdo 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, fI am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; gconcerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

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