Paul's Defense Before Agrippa

Acts 26

1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself:

2 "I think myself a happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer b for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am c accused by the Jews, 3 "especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

4 "My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know. 5 "They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to d the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6 e "And now I stand and am judged for the hope of f the promise made by God to our fathers. 7 "To this promise g our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God h night and day, i hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. 8 "Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?

9 j "Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things 1 contrary to the name of k Jesus of Nazareth. 10 l "This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority m from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 n "And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

  1. Cross References
    1 Peter 3:14
    But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
    1 Peter 4:14
    If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
  2. Cross References
    1 Peter 3:15
    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
    1 Peter 3:16
    Having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 21:28
    Crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.
    Acts 24:5
    For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
    Acts 24:6
    He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 22:3
    I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers' law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.
    Acts 23:6
    But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
    Acts 24:15
    I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
    Acts 24:21
    "unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.'"
    Philippians 3:5
    Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee.
  5. Cross References
    Acts 23:6
    But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 3:15
    And I will put enmity Between you and the woman...
    Genesis 22:18
    "In your seed all the nations of the earth shal...
    Genesis 26:4
    And I will make your descendants multiply as th...
    Genesis 49:10
    The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a ...
    Deuteronomy 18:15
    The LORD your God will raise up for you a Proph...
    2 Samuel 7:12
    When your days are fulfilled and you rest with ...
    Psalms 132:11
    The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will n...
    Isaiah 4:2
    In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be bea...
    Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign...
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is g...
    Isaiah 40:10
    Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong h...
    Jeremiah 23:5
    Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "T...
    Jeremiah 33:14 - 16
    Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 't...
    Ezekiel 34:23
    I will establish one shepherd over them, and he...
    Ezekiel 37:24
    David My servant shall be king over them, and t...
    Daniel 9:24
    Seventy weeks are determined For your people an...
    Acts 13:32
    And we declare to you glad tidings - that promi...
    Romans 15:8
    Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servan...
    Titus 2:13
    Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appea...
  7. Cross References
    James 1:1
    James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
  8. Cross References
    Luke 2:37
    And this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
    1 Thessalonians 3:10
    Night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?
    1 Timothy 5:5
    Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
  9. Cross References
    Philippians 3:11
    If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
  10. Cross References
    John 16:2
    They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
    1 Corinthians 15:9
    For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
    1 Timothy 1:12
    And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
    1 Timothy 1:13
    Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 2:22
    Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know -
    Acts 10:38
    How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 8:1 - 3
    Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
    Acts 9:13
    Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
    Galatians 1:13
    For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 9:14
    "And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."
  14. Cross References
    Matthew 10:17
    But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
    Acts 22:19
    So I said, 'Lord, they know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believe on You.
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