When Paul realized that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part were Pharisees, he cried out in the Sanhedrin, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees! I am being judged because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead!"
And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
as both the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. Having received letters from them to the brothers, I was traveling to Damascus to bring those who were prisoners there to be punished in Jerusalem.
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing [them], but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
"Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you."
I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men.
For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. The One who evaluates me is the Lord.
For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God's grace.
Instead, we have renounced shameful secret things, not walking in deceit or distorting God's message, but in God's sight we commend ourselves to every person's conscience by an open display of the truth.
I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day.
Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.
However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.