(5) Defending Himself before the Sanhedrin
30 And on the next day he, intending to find out for certain why he was accused by the Jews, released him and ordered the chief priests and all the 1aSanhedrin to come together; and having brought Paul down, he had him stand before them.
1 And Paul, looking intently at the 1aSanhedrin, said, 2Men, brothers, I have conducted myself in all good 3bconscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest aAnanias commanded those who stood by him to bstrike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul 1said to him, God is going to strike you, you awhitewashed bwall. And do you sit to 2cjudge me according to the law, and contrary to the law you order me to be struck?
4 And those standing by said, Do you revile the ahigh priest of God?
5 And Paul said, I did not know, brothers, that he is the high priest; for it is written, a"You shall not bspeak evilly of the ruler of your people.''
6 And Paul, knowing that one part was 1aSadducees and the other 2Pharisees, 3cried out in the bSanhedrin, 4Men, brothers, I am a cPharisee, a son of Pharisees; concerning the dhope and eresurrection of the dead I am being 5judged!
7 And when he spoke this, a dissension took place between the Pharisees and Sadducees; and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is ano resurrection, neither angel nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
9 And there was a great outcry; and some of the ascribes of the Pharisees' party rose up and contended, saying, We find bnothing evil in this man. And what if a spirit has spoken to him, or an cangel?
10 And when much adissension had taken place, the 1commander, fearing that Paul might be torn to pieces by them, 2ordered the detachment of soldiers to go down and seize him from their midst and bring him into the bbarracks.