Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said vnto Paul, Thou art permitted to speake for thy selfe. Then Paul stretched foorth the hand, and answered for himselfe,
Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth his life from his childhood,
Acts 26:2 I thinke my selfe happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answere for my selfe this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Iewes: Acts 26:3 Especially, because I know thee to be expert in all customes and questions which are among the Iewes: wherefore I beseech thee to heare mee patiently. Acts 26:4 My maner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine owne nation at Hierusalem, know all the Iewes, Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, (if they would testifie) that after the most straitest sect of our religion, I liued a Pharisee. Acts 26:6 And now I stand, and am iudged for the hope of the promise made of God vnto our fathers: Acts 26:7 Vnto which promise our twelue tribes instantly seruing God day and night, hope to come: For which hopes sake, King Agrippa, I am accused of the Iewes. Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? Acts 26:9 I verily thought with my selfe, that I ought to doe many things contrary to the name of Iesus of Nazareth: Acts 26:10 Which thing I also did in Hierusalem, and many of the Saints did I shut vp in prison, hauing receiued authoritie from the chiefe Priests, and when they were put to death, I gaue my voyce against them. Acts 26:11 And I punished them oft in euery Synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme, and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them euen vnto strange cities.
and how miraculously he was converted, and called to his apostleship.
Acts 26:12 Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, with authoritie and commission from the chiefe Priests: Acts 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heauen, aboue the brightnes of the Sunne, shining round about mee, and them which iourneyed with me. Acts 26:14 And when wee were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking vnto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kicke against the prickes. Acts 26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And hee said, I am Iesus whom thou persecutest. Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand vpon thy feete, for I haue appeared vnto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witnesse, both of these things which thou hast seene, & of those things in the which I will appeare vnto thee, Acts 26:17 Deliuering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, vnto whom now I send thee, Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turne them from darknesse to light, and from the power of Satan vnto God, that they may receiue forgiuenesse of sinnes, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient vnto the heauenly vision: Acts 26:20 But shewed first vnto them of Damascus, and at Hierusalem, and thorowout all the coasts of Iudea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turne to God, and do works meete for repentance. Acts 26:21 For these causes the Iewes caught mee in the Temple, and went about to kill me. Acts 26:22 Hauing therefore obteined helpe of God, I continue vnto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things then those which the Prophets and Moses did say should come: Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that hee should be the first that should rise from the dead, & should shew light vnto the people, and to the Gentiles.
Festus chargeth him to be mad, whereunto he answereth modestly.
Acts 26:24 And as hee thus spake for himselfe, Festus saide with a lowd voyce, Paul, thou art beside thy selfe, much learning doeth make thee mad. Acts 26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speake foorth the words of trueth and sobernesse. Acts 26:26 For the King knoweth of these things, before whom also I speake freely: for I am perswaded, that none of these things are hidden from him, for this thing was not done in a corner. Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, beleeuest thou the Prophets? I know that thou beleeuest.
Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa saide vnto Paul, Almost thou perswadest mee to bee a Christian. Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not onely thou, but also all that heare mee this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. Acts 26:30 And when hee had thus spoken, the king rose vp, and the gouernour, and Bernice, & they that sate with them.
The whole company pronounce him innocent.
Acts 26:31 And when they were gone aside, they talked betweene themselues, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds. Acts 26:32 Then said Agrippa vnto Festus, This man might haue bene set at libertie, if he had not appealed vnto Cesar.