But Paul said: "I am standing at Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as even you can see very well.
They also presented false witnesses who said, "This man does not stop speaking blasphemous words against this holy place and the law.
For we heard him say that Jesus, this Nazarene, will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us."
Paul looked intently at the Sanhedrin and said, "Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience until this day."
He even tried to desecrate the temple, so we apprehended him [[and wanted to judge him according to our law.
And they didn't find me disputing with anyone or causing a disturbance among the crowd, either in the temple complex or in the synagogues, or anywhere in the city.
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my nation,
and while I was doing this, some Jews from the province of Asia found me ritually purified in the temple, without a crowd and without any uproar.
It is they who ought to be here before you to bring charges, if they have anything against me.
Either let these men here state what wrongdoing they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin,
or about this one statement I cried out while standing among them, 'Today I am being judged before you concerning the resurrection of the dead.'"
After three days he called together the leaders of the Jews. And when they had gathered he said to them: "Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our forefathers, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans
And they said to him, "We haven't received any letters about you from Judea; none of the brothers has come and reported or spoken anything evil about you.
For I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should put me in the dungeon."
Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "How have I sinned against you or your servants or these people that you have put me in prison?
My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths. They haven't hurt me, for I was found innocent before Him. Also, I have not committed a crime against you my king."
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.