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.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.