“And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.”
King James Version (KJV)
Ac 23:2 To strike him on the mouth. The high priest flamed up in an instant at the statement of Paul that he had acted in good conscience. "How could such a renegade from Judaism be conscientious"? It is common in the despotic East to order the mouths that are supposed to have spoken falsely to be smitten. Ananias was high priest at this time, but was removed on a charge brought by King Agrippa in A.D. 59 (Ac 25:13). He was at last assassinated.