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Acts 26

Acts 26:1 Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: Thou hast leue to speake for thy selfe. The Paul stretched forth the hande, and answered for himselfe:

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

Acts 26:2 I thinke my selfe happye (O kynge Agrippa) because I shal answere this daye before the, of all the thinges wherof I am accused of the Iewes: Acts 26:3 specially for so moch as thou art experte in all customes and questions, which are amonge the Iewes. Wherfore I beseche the, to heare me paciently. Acts 26:4 My lyuynge truly from youth vp (how it was led from the begynnynge amonge this people at Ierusale) knowe all the Iewes Acts 26:5 which knewe me afore at the first, yf they wolde testifye, for after the most strayte secte of oure Iewysh lawe, I lyued a Pharise. Acts 26:6 And now stonde I, and am iudged because of the hope of the promes, that was made of God vnto oure fathers, Acts 26:7 vnto the which (promes) oure twolue trybes hope to come, seruynge God instatly daye and nighte. For the which hopes sake (O kynge Agrippa) I am accused of the Iewes. Acts 26:8 Wherfore is this iudged amonge you not to be beleued, that God rayseth vp the deed? Acts 26:9 I also verely thoughte by my selfe, that I oughte to do many cotrary thinges cleane agaynst the name off Iesus off Nazareth, Acts 26:10 which I dyd at Ierusalem, whan I shut vp many sayntes in preson, whervpon I receaued auctorite of ye hye prestes. And wha they shulde be put to death, I broughte the sentence. Acts 26:11 And thorow all the synagoges I punyshed them oft, and compelled the to blaspheme, and was exceadinge mad vpon them, and persecuted them euen vnto straunge cities.

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

Acts 26:12 Aboute which thinges as I wente towarde Damascon with auctorite and lycence of the hye prestes, Acts 26:13 euen at myddaye (O kynge) I sawe in the waye, that a lighte from heaue (clearer then the brightnesse of the Sonne) shyned rounde aboute me, and them that iourneyed with me. Acts 26:14 But whan we were all fallen downe to the earth, I herde a voyce speakynge vnto me, and sayege in Hebrue: Saul Saul, why persecutest thou me? It shalbe harde for the to kycke agaynst the prycke. Acts 26:15 But I sayde: LORDE, who art thou? He sayde: I am Iesus, whom thou persecutest. Acts 26:16 But ryse vp, and stonde vpon thy fete, for therfore haue I appeared vnto the, that I mighte ordeyne the to be a mynister and witnesse of it that thou hast sene, and that I wyll yet cause to appeare vnto the. Acts 26:17 And I wil delyuer the from the people, and from the Heythen, amonge who I wil now sende the, Acts 26:18 to ope their eyes, that they maye turne from the darknesse vnto the lighte, and from the power of ye deuell vnto God, that they maye receaue forgeuenesse of synnes, and the enheritaunce with them that are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:19 Wherfore (O kynge Agrippa) I was not faithlesse vnto ye heauely vision, Acts 26:20 but shewed it first vnto them at Damascon, and at Ierusale, and in all the coastes of Iewry, and to the Heythen, that they shulde do pennaunce, and turne vnto God, and to do the righte workes of pennaunce. Acts 26:21 For this cause the Iewes toke me in the temple, and wente aboute to kyll me. Acts 26:22 But thorow the helpe of God lent vnto me, I stonde vnto this daye, and testifye both vnto small and greate, and saye no other thinge, the that ye prophetes haue sayde (that it shulde come to passe) and Moses, Acts 26:23 that Christ shulde suffre, and be the first of the resurreccion from the deed, and shew light vnto the people, and to the Heythen.

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

Acts 26:24 Whan he thus answered for himselfe, Festus sayde with a loude voyce: Paul, thou art besydes thy selfe, moch lernynge maketh ye madd. Acts 26:25 But Paul sayde: I am not madd (most deare Festus) but speake the wordes of trueth and sobernesse: Acts 26:26 for ye kynge knoweth this well, vnto whom I speake frely. For I thinke that none off these thinges is hyd from him: for this was not done in a corner. Acts 26:27 Beleuest thou the prophetes, O kynge Agrippa? I knowe that thou beleuest.

Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.

Acts 26:28 Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: Thou persuadest me in a parte to become a Christen. Acts 26:29 Paul sayde: I wolde to God, that (not onely in a parte but alltogether,) I mighte persuade not the onely, but all them that heare me this daye, to be soch I am, these bondes excepte. Acts 26:30 And whan he had spoken this, the kynge rose vp, and the Debyte, and Bernice, and they that sat with them,

The whole company pronounce him innocent.

Acts 26:31 and wente asyde, and talked together, and sayde: This man hath done nothinge that is worthy of death or of bondes. Acts 26:32 But Agrippa sayde vnto Festus: This man mighte haue bene lowsed, yf he had not appealed vnto the Emperoure.

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