So 1Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:
"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,
especially because you are familiar with all the 3customs and 4controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
45"My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among 6my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews.
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.
And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in 11the promise made by God to our fathers,
712to 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!
Why is it thought 16incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
917"I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of 18Jesus of Nazareth.
1019And 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.
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.