22 Up to this point they listened to him, but then they shouted, Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live. 23And while they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and tossing dust into the air, 24the tribune directed that he was to be brought into the barracks, and ordered him to be examined by flogging, to find out the reason for this outcry against him. 25But when they had tied him up with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who is uncondemned? 26When the centurion heard that, he went to the tribune and said to him, What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen. 27The tribune came and asked Paul, Tell me, are you a Roman citizen? And he said, Yes. 28The tribune answered, It cost me a large sum of money to get my citizenship. Paul said, But I was born a citizen. 29Immediately those who were about to examine him drew back from him; and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.
30 Since he wanted to find out what Paul was being accused of by the Jews, the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and the entire council to meet. He brought Paul down and had him stand before them.
23While Paul was looking intently at the council he said, Brothers, up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God. 2Then the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near him to strike him on the mouth. 3At this Paul said to him, God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting there to judge me according to the law, and yet in violation of the law you order me to be struck? 4Those standing nearby said, Do you dare to insult Gods high priest? 5And Paul said, I did not realize, brothers, that he was high priest; for it is written, You shall not speak evil of a leader of your people.
6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead. 7When he said this, a dissension began between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8(The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, or angel, or spirit; but the Pharisees acknowledge all three.) 9Then a great clamour arose, and certain scribes of the Pharisees group stood up and contended, We find nothing wrong with this man. What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him? 10When the dissension became violent, the tribune, fearing that they would tear Paul to pieces, ordered the soldiers to go down, take him by force, and bring him into the barracks.
11 That night the Lord stood near him and said, Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.