“Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.”
King James Version (KJV)
26:7 Our twelve tribes - For a great part of the ten tribes also had at various times returned from the east to their own country, #James 1:1|; 1Pet 1:1. Worshipping continually night and day - That is, this is what they aim at in all their public and private worship.
Ac 26:7 Unto [which] promise. This promise was the hope of Israel. The twelve tribes, in their constant, never-ending service of God, were simulated by the hope that they would enjoy the fulfillment of the promise. Our twelve tribes. Paul, like James (Jas 1:1), speaks of the twelve tribes as having the same glorious hope. Since the Captivity, the tribal existence of the ten northern tribes had not been preserved, but descendants of all the tribes were mingled in the Jewish nation. Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin (Php 3:5), John the Baptist of Levi (Lu 1:5), Joseph and Mary of Judah (Mt 1:20 Lu 1:32 Ro 1:3), Anna of the tribe of Asher (Lu 2:36).