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Acts 26

Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa sayde vnto Paul, thou art permitted to speake for thy selfe. Then Paul stretched foorth the hande, and aunswered [for hym selfe]

Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth his life from his childhood,

Acts 26:2 I thynke my selfe happy, king Agrippa, because I shall aunswere this day before thee, of all the thynges whereof I am accused of the Iewes: Acts 26:3 Namely, because thou art expert in all customes and questions, whiche are among the Iewes: Wherefore I beseche thee to heare me patiently. Acts 26:4 My lyfe, that I haue led of a chylde, which was at the first among myne owne nation at Hierusalem, knowe all the Iewes, Acts 26:5 Which knewe me from the beginning, (yf they woulde testifie) that after the most straytest sect of our religion, I lyued a pharisee. Acts 26:6 And nowe I stande and am iudged, for the hope of the promise made of God vnto our fathers: Acts 26:7 Unto which promise, our twelue tribes instantly seruyng God day & nyght, hope to come. For which hopes sake, kyng Agrippa, I am accused of the Iewes. Acts 26:8 Why shoulde it be thought a thyng incredible vnto you, that God shoulde rayse agayne the dead? Acts 26:9 I also veryly thought in my selfe that I ought to do many contrary thynges, cleane agaynst the name of Iesus of Nazareth: Acts 26:10 Which thyng I also dyd in Hierusalem. And many of the Saintes dyd I shut vp in pryson, hauyng receaued aucthoritie of the hye priestes: And when they were put to death, I gaue the sentence. Acts 26:11 And I punished them oft in euery synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme: and was yet more mad vpon them, and persecuted them, euen vnto straunge cities.

and how miraculously he was converted, and called to his apostleship.

Acts 26:12 About which thynges, as I went to Damascus, with auctoritie and commission of the hye priestes: Acts 26:13 Euen at mydday, O kyng, I sawe in the way, a lyght from heauen, aboue the bryghtnesse of the Sunne, shyne rounde about me and them which iourneyed with me. Acts 26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I hearde a voyce speakyng vnto me, and saying in the Hebrewe tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is harde for thee to kicke agaynste the prickes. Acts 26:15 And I sayde: Who art thou Lorde? And he sayde: I am Iesus whom thou persecutest. Acts 26:16 But ryse and stande vpon thy feete. For I haue appeared vnto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witnesse, both of those thynges which thou hast seene, and of those thynges in the which I wyll appeare vnto thee, Acts 26:17 Delyueryng thee from the people, and from the gentiles, vnto whom nowe I sende thee, Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, that they may be turned from darknesse to lyght, & from the power of Satan vnto God, that they may receaue forgeuenes of sinnes, & inheritaunce among them which are sanctified by fayth that is towarde me. Acts 26:19 Wherfore, O kyng Agrippa, I was not disobedient vnto the heauenly visio: Acts 26:20 But shewed first vnto them of Damascus, & at Hierusalem, and throughout all the coastes of Iurie, and then to the gentiles, that they shoulde repent, and turne to God, and do such workes as become them that repent. Acts 26:21 For this cause the Iewes caught me in the temple, & went about to kyll me. Acts 26:22 Seyng therefore, that I haue obtayned helpe of God, I continue vnto this day, witnessyng both to small and to great, saying none other thynges, then those which the prophetes and Moyses dyd say shoulde come: Acts 26:23 That Christe shoulde suffer, and that he shoulde be the first that shoulde ryse from the dead, and shoulde shewe lyght vnto the people, and to the gentiles.

Festus chargeth him to be mad, whereunto he answereth modestly.

Acts 26:24 And as he thus spake for hym selfe, Festus sayde with a loude voyce: Paul, thou art besyde thy selfe, much learnyng doth make thee mad. Acts 26:25 But he sayde: I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speake foorth the wordes of trueth and sobernesse. Acts 26:26 For the kyng knoweth of these thynges, before whom also I speake freely, neither thynke I, that any of these thynges are hydden from him: For this thyng was not done in a corner. Acts 26:27 Kyng Agrippa, beleuest thou the prophetes? I wote wel that thou beleuest.

Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: Somewhat thou perswadest me to be a christian. Acts 26:29 And Paul sayde: I woulde to God, that not only thou, but also all that heare me to day, were both somewhat, and also in a great deale, such as I am, except these bondes. Acts 26:30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose vp, and the deputie, & Bernice, and they that sate with them.

The whole company pronounce him innocent.

Acts 26:31 And when they were gone apart, they talked betwene the selues, saying: This man doth nothyng worthy of death, or of bondes. Acts 26:32 Then sayde Agrippa vnto Festus: This man myght haue ben let loose, yf he had not appealed vnto Caesar.

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