Acts 26:1-11 (New American Standard)

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Paul's Defense before Agrippa

1 1Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: 2 "In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today; 3 aespecially because you are an expert in all 2customs and bquestions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. 4 "So then, all Jews know 3my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem; 5 since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a 4Pharisee 5according to the strictest 6sect of our religion. 6 "And now I am cstanding trial 7for the hope of 8the promise made by God to our fathers; 7 the promise 9to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this 10hope, O King, I am being 11accused by Jews. 8 "Why is it considered incredible among you people 12if God does raise the dead? 9 "So then, 13I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to 14the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 "And this is djust what I 15did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the esaints in prisons, having 16received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I 17cast my vote against them. 11 "And 18as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being 19furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them 20even to fforeign cities.
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