the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
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.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;
“ Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.”
Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:
While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.”
I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.
But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised
For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle ( I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them.