Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself."1 So Paul motioned with his hand2 and began his defense:
"King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you3 today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews,43
and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs5 and controversies.6 Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.
"The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child,7 from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem.
They have known me for a long time8 and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect9 of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee.106
And now it is because of my hope11 in what God has promised our fathers12 that I am on trial today.
This is the promise our twelve tribes13 are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night.14 O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me.158
Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?169
"I too was convinced17 that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose18 the name of Jesus of Nazareth.1910
And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints20 in prison,21 and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.2211
Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished,23 and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.