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Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
So he replied, "Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran,
Brothers, descendants of Abraham's family, and those Gentiles among you who fear God, the message of this salvation has been sent to us.
Paul looked directly at the council and said, "Brothers, I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God to this day."
After three days Paul called the local Jewish leaders together. When they had assembled, he said to them, "Brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, from Jerusalem I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans.
Some of the crowd concluded it was about Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. Alexander, gesturing with his hand, was wanting to make a defense before the public assembly.
When the governor gestured for him to speak, Paul replied, "Because I know that you have been a judge over this nation for many years, I confidently make my defense.
Paul said in his defense, "I have committed no offense against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar."
So Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul held out his hand and began his defense:
But when they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense or what you should say,
Therefore be resolved not to rehearse ahead of time how to make your defense.
They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them,
1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my defense to those who examine me.
2 Corinthians 7:11
For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all this time that we have been defending ourselves to you? We are speaking in Christ before God, and everything we do, dear friends, is to build you up.
For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God's grace together with me.
2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me -- may they not be held accountable for it.
1 Peter 3:15
But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.