And a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment and administers the law, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy.
He judged and defended the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not [all] this [what it means] to know and recognize Me? says the Lord.
Hear now what the Lord says: Arise, contend and plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.
Resolve and settle it in your minds not to meditate and prepare beforehand how you are to make your defense and how you will answer.
Brethren and fathers, listen to the defense which I now make in your presence.
And when the governor had beckoned to Paul to speak, he answered: Because I know that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I find it easier to make my defense and do it cheerfully and with good courage.
But I replied to them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up freely any man for punishment before the accused had met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to defend himself concerning the charge brought against him.
Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak on your own behalf. At that Paul stretched forth his hand and made his defense [as follows]:
I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that it is before you that I am to make my defense today in regard to all the charges brought against me by [the] Jews,
1 Corinthians 9:3
This is my [real ground of] defense (my vindication of myself) to those who would put me on trial and cross-examine me.
2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been supposing [all this time] that we have been defending ourselves and apologizing to you? [It is] in the sight and the [very] presence of God [and as one] in Christ (the Messiah) that we have been speaking, dearly beloved, and all in order to build you up [spiritually].
The latter [proclaim Christ] out of love, because they recognize and know that I am [providentially] put here for the defense of the good news (the Gospel).
2 Timothy 4:16
At my first trial no one acted in my defense [as my advocate] or took my part or [even] stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them!