Acts 26:1-11 NAS

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:

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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.

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    • ʦ 26:3 - Or "because you are especially expert"
    • ʧ 26:3 - Or "controversial issues"
      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;

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      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.

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      6 "And now I am cstanding trial 7for the hope of 8the promise made by God to our fathers;

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        • ʨ 26:6 - Lit "being tried"
          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.

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          8 "Why is it considered incredible among you people 12if God does raise the dead?

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          9 "So then, 13I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to 14the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

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          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.

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              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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