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Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
And he said: "Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,
"Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
And Paul, looking intently at the council, said, "Brethren, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
After three days Paul called together the local leaders of the Jews; and when they had gathered, he said to them, "Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, wishing to make a defense to the people.
When the governor had motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "Realizing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
Paul said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended at all."
Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense:
Now when they bring you before the synagogues and rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you are to say;
Therefore settle it in your minds not to meditate beforehand how you will answer;
They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them
1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who would examine me.
2 Corinthians 7:11
For behold what this very thing, godly sorrow, has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what readiness to see justice done! At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.
1 Peter 3:15
but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect;