Paul’s defense (1 Cor. 9:3)

“This is my defense

To those who would examine me.”

Ἡ ἐμὴ ἀπολογία τοῖς ἐμὲ ἀνακρίνουσίν ἐστιν αὕτη.

Paul explained that this was his defense (Ἡ ἐμὴ ἀπολογία) to those who would examine him (τοῖς ἐμὲ ἀνακρίνουσίν ἐστιν αὕτη).  Paul explained that this was his apologia or defense to anyone who questioned him.  Paul seemed offended that anyone would even question his apostolic authority.  The Lord Jesus had called him to be an apostle to the gentiles, the non-Jewish people.  This was the end of that discussion.  Has anyone ever questioned your motives?

Paul’s defense

Paul made his defense.  He said that he went to worship at Jerusalem, not to cause any trouble.  Besides, they could not prove what they were saying. Paul said that he believed in the Law and the prophets as well as sharing a hope in the resurrection.  Paul had a clear conscience.  He had brought alms to Jerusalem.  He was praying in the Temple with a purification rite, when the Jews from Asia showed up.  Paul wanted them to tell Felix what crimes he had done.  Paul said that this whole dispute was about the resurrection of the dead.  Finally, Governor Felix adjourned the meeting.