a spirit of justice
to the one who sits in judgment,
to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
Speak up, judge righteously,
and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.
He took up the case of the poor and needy,
then it went well.
Is this not what it means to know Me?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Now listen to what the Lord is saying:Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time,
22 1 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you.”
When the governor motioned to him to speak, Paul replied: “Because I know you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I am glad to offer my defense in what concerns me.
I answered them that it’s not the Romans’ custom to give any man up before the accused confronts the accusers face to face and has an opportunity to give a defense concerning the charges.
Agrippa said to Paul, “It is permitted for you to speak for yourself.”Then Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense:
“I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that today I am going to make a defense before you about everything I am accused of by the Jews,
2 Corinthians 12:19
You have thought all along that we were defending ourselves to you.[a] No, in the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, and everything, dear friends, is for building you up.(A)
These do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
2 Timothy 4:16
At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them.