To tell the whole truth, it is often easier just to tell the simple truth.

If others do not understand, they may seek clarification by asking questions thereby giving one the opportunity to explain. The opportunity to explain offers a chance that you may win over some of your accusers; but then again, you just might not. It is sometimes near impossible to defend oneself against the accusations of those who are bent on destroying a person. The accusers will lie, putting such a spin on whatever happening they retell that the even the truth related gets lost in all the false garnish that their report is clothed in.
People actually pay others to lie. This was done in order to condemn the apostle Paul.
See what lengths Paul went to prove that he was not anti-Moses. As recommended by brothers in the faith, he went through the purification rite and sponsored the purification of four men who were already under a vow. That was not enough. He was almost through the required seven-day period when trouble grew worse.
The troublemakers did not communicate his presence in the temple as a sign that he was going through the rite of purification. Instead, the spin they put on it was that he had brought Gentiles into the temple. They wanted him dead. But in their zeal with confusion, the tribune had to step in for the sake of order. They arrested and bound Paul. “Away with him” yelled the mob. That should have settled it.
And then came a eureka moment as Paul asked to speak. He could speak Hebrew! He was not the Egyptian leader of assassins as his accusers had claimed! Wow! A new chapter in this story is about to begin.

Lord God, you are never surprised by the turns that happen at the bend of the road. Teach us to trust you.

One more step along the world I go,
One more step along the world I go
From the old things to the new
Keep me travelling along with you.

And it’s from the old I travel to the new.
Keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn,
More and more about the world I learn,
All the new things that I see
You’ll be looking at along with me.

As I travel through the bad and good
Keep me travelling the way I should
Where I see no way to go
You’ll be telling me the way, I know.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
Keep me loving though the world is tough
Leap and sing in all I do,
Keep me travelling along with you.

You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me.
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me travelling along with you.

Sydney B. Carter

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