Paul said, "I am a Jewish man from Tarsus of Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. Now I ask you, let me speak to the people."
After he had given permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned with his hand to the people. When there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language:
"Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you."
When they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even quieter.
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,
But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name.
It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness.
Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time,
for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,
but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
When this man had been seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, I arrived with my troops and rescued him because I learned that he is a Roman citizen.
Wanting to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down before their Sanhedrin.
I found out that the accusations were about disputed matters in their law, and that there was no charge that merited death or chains.
If then I am doing wrong, or have done anything deserving of death, I do not refuse to die, but if there is nothing to what these men accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
Concerning him, the accusers stood up and brought no charge of the sort I was expecting.
Instead they had some disagreements with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, a dead man whom Paul claimed to be alive.
Since I was at a loss in a dispute over such things, I asked him if he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there concerning these matters.
And for about 40 years He put up with them in the desert;
He replied to them, "You unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me."
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval.
I wish you would put up with a little foolishness from me. Yes, do put up with me.
For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!
He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.