Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense:
"I think myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews,
because you are especially familiar with all customs and controversies of the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
"My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews.
They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee.
And now I stand here on trial for hope in the promise made by God to our fathers,
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