1 保罗定睛看着公议会的各人，说：“各位弟兄，我在上帝面前，行事为人一向都是凭着良心的。” 2 大祭司亚拿尼亚就吩咐站在他旁边的人打保罗的嘴巴。 3 保罗对他说：“你这粉饰的墙啊，上帝要击打你！你坐堂要按着律法审问我，现在你竟然违背律法吩咐人打我吗？” 4 站在旁边的人民说：“你敢辱骂上帝的大祭司吗？” 5 保罗说：“弟兄们，我不知道他是大祭司。经上说：‘不可咒诅你人民的领袖。’”
1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then 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!” 4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!” 5 Paul 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.’”
Whenever we have any dealing with the wicked, if we want to present a good cause well we must be sure no angry emotion breaks out in us, nor any desire for revenge. If the spirit of meekness reigns in us, we may deal with wicked people as they deserve, as if we were speaking for God.