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Acts 26:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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Paul's Defense Before Agrippa

1 So 1Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: 2 "I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today 2against all the accusations of the Jews, 3 especially because you are familiar with all the 3customs and 4controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. 4 5"My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among 6my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. 5 They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that 7according to the strictest 8party of our 9religion I have lived as 10a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in 11the promise made by God to our fathers, 7 12to which 13our twelve tribes hope to 14attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope 15I am accused by Jews, O king! 8 Why is it thought 16incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? 9 17"I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of 18Jesus of Nazareth. 10 19And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority 20from the chief priests, but 21when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. 11 And 22I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them 23blaspheme, and 24in raging fury against them I 25persecuted them even to foreign cities.
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