Acts 26:1-5

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 especially because you are an expert in all 2customs and questions 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.

Acts 26:1-5 In-Context

1 Agrippa 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 especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4 "So then, all Jews know my 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 Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.
6 "And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;
7 the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.
8 "Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?
9 "So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Acts 9:15
  • 2. Acts 6:14; Acts 25:19; Acts 26:7
  • 3. Galatians 1:13; Philippians 3:5
  • 4. Acts 23:6; Philippians 3:5
  • 5. Acts 22:3
  • 6. Acts 15:5

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "because you are especially expert"
  • [b]. Or "controversial issues"