Life of Paul – Trust in God – Acts 22:30- 23:22

Life of Paul – Trust in God – Acts 22:30- 23:22

Acts 22:30- 23:11

30The next day, since the commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.


Acts 23

1Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” 2At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”

4Those who were standing near Paul said, “You dare to insult God’s high priest?”

5Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ ”

6Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.” 7When he said this, a dispute

broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8(The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them


9There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from

them by force and bring him into the barracks.

11The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

12The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy
and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink
until they had killed Paul. 13More than forty men were
involved in this plot. 14They went to the chief priests
and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not
to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15Now then,
you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to
bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more
accurate information about his case. We are ready to
kill him before he gets here.”
16But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot,
he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17Then Paul called one of the centurions and said,
“Take this young man to the commander; he has something
to tell him.” 18So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me
and asked me to bring this young man to you because
he has something to tell you.”
19The commander took the young man by the hand,
drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to
tell me?”
20He said: “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring
Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of
wanting more accurate information about him. 21Don’t
give in to them, because more than forty of them are
waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath
not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are
ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
22The commander dismissed the young man and
cautioned him, “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported
this to me.”