Agrippa said to Paul, "You're free to speak for yourself." Paul acknowledged King Agrippa and then began his defense.
"King Agrippa, I think I'm fortunate today to stand in front of you and defend myself against every charge that the Jews brought against me.
I say this since you are especially familiar with every custom and controversy in Judaism. So I ask you to listen patiently to me.
"All the Jews know how I lived the earliest days of my youth with my own people and in Jerusalem.
They've known me for a long time and can testify, if they're willing, that I followed the strictest party of our religion. They know that I lived my life as a Pharisee.
"I'm on trial now because I expect God to keep the promise that he made to our ancestors.
Our twelve tribes expect this promise to be kept as they worship with intense devotion day and night. Your Majesty, the Jews are making accusations against me because I expect God to keep his promise.
Why do all of you refuse to believe that God can bring dead people back to life?
"I used to think that I had to do a lot of things to oppose the one named Jesus of Nazareth.
That is what I did in Jerusalem. By the authority I received from the chief priests, I locked many Christians in prison. I voted to have them killed every time a vote was taken.