My defence (h emh apologia). Original sense, not idea of apologizing as we say. See on Acts 22:1 ; Acts 25:16 . Refers to what precedes and to what follows as illustration of 1 Corinthians 9:8:13 . To them that examine me (toi eme anakrinousin). See on "1Co 2:15"; see also "1Co 4:3". The critics in Corinth were "investigating" Paul with sharp eyes to find faults. How often the pastor is under the critic's spy-glass.