"Ye men, brethren, and fathers, hear mine answer which I make unto you."
And he said, "Ye men, brethren, and fathers, hearken to. The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham while he was yet in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,
When they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto the rulers, and officers, take no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall speak.
Let it stick therefore fast in your hearts, not once to study before, what ye shall answer for yourselves:
Ye men and brethren, children of the generation off Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is this word of salvation sent.
Some of the company drew forth Alexander, the Jews thrusting him forwards. Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have given the people an answer.
Paul beheld the council and said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
When Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. Of hope, and of resurrection from death I am judged."
Then Paul, after that the ruler himself had beckoned unto him that he should speak, answered, "I shall with a more quiet mind answer for myself, forasmuch as I understand that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this people,
as long as he answered for himself, that he had neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar offended anything at all.
To whom I answered, 'It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man that he should perish, before that he which is accused, have the accusers before him, and have license to answer for himself, concerning the crime laid against him.'
Agrippa said unto Paul, "Thou art permitted to speak for thyself." Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself,
As he thus answered for himself: Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, thou art besides thyself. Much learning hath made thee mad."
And it fortuned, after three days, that Paul called the chief of the Jews together. And when they were come, he said unto them, "Men and brethren, though I have committed no thing against the people, or laws of our fathers: yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
which show the deed of the law written in their hearts: While their conscience beareth witness unto them, and also their thoughts, accusing one another, or excusing,
Behold what diligence this godly sorrow that ye took hath wrought in you: yea it caused you to clear yourselves. It caused indignation, it caused fear, it caused desire, it caused a fervent mind, it caused punishment. For in all things ye have showed yourselves that ye were clear in that matter.
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves? We speak in Christ in the sight of God. But we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
as it becometh me so to judge of you all, because I have you in my heart, and have you also every one companions of grace with me, even in my bonds as I defend, and establish the gospel.
The other part of love, because they see that I am set to defend the gospel.
At my first answering for myself, no man assisted me, but all forsook me. I pray God, that it may not be laid to their charges: