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Acts 26

Acts 26:1 And Agrippa said to Paul, It is permitted thee to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretching out his hand answered in his defence:

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

Acts 26:2 I count myself happy, king Agrippa, in having to answer to-day before thee concerning all of which I am accused by the Jews, Acts 26:3 especially because thou art acquainted with all the customs and questions which are among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. Acts 26:4 My manner of life then from my youth, which from its commencement was passed among my nation in Jerusalem, know all the Jews, Acts 26:5 who knew me before from the outset [of my life], if they would bear witness, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. Acts 26:6 And now I stand to be judged because of the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, Acts 26:7 to which our whole twelve tribes serving incessantly day and night hope to arrive; about which hope, O king, I am accused of [the] Jews. Acts 26:8 Why should it be judged a thing incredible in your sight if God raises the dead? Acts 26:9 *I* indeed myself thought that I ought to do much against the name of Jesus the Nazaraean. Acts 26:10 Which also I did in Jerusalem, and myself shut up in prisons many of the saints, having received the authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death I gave my vote. Acts 26:11 And often punishing them in all the synagogues, I compelled them to blaspheme. And, being exceedingly furious against them, I persecuted them even to cities out [of our own land].

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

Acts 26:12 And when, [engaged] in this, I was journeying to Damascus, with authority and power from the chief priests, Acts 26:13 at mid-day, on the way, I saw, O king, a light above the brightness of the sun, shining from heaven round about me and those who were journeying with me. Acts 26:14 And, when we were all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? [it is] hard for thee to kick against goads. Acts 26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, *I* am Jesus whom *thou* persecutest: Acts 26:16 but rise up and stand on thy feet; for, for this purpose have I appeared to thee, to appoint thee to be a servant and a witness both of what thou hast seen, and of what I shall appear to thee in, Acts 26:17 taking thee out from among the people, and the nations, to whom *I* send thee, Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:19 Whereupon, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision; Acts 26:20 but have, first to those both in Damascus and Jerusalem, and to all the region of Judaea, and to the nations, announced that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance. Acts 26:21 On account of these things the Jews, having seized me in the temple, attempted to lay hands on and destroy me. Acts 26:22 Having therefore met with [the] help which is from God, I have stood firm unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying nothing else than those things which both the prophets and Moses have said should happen, Acts 26:23 [namely,] whether Christ should suffer; whether he first, through resurrection of [the] dead, should announce light both to the people and to the nations.

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

Acts 26:24 And as he answered for his defence with these things, Festus says with a loud voice, Thou art mad, Paul; much learning turns thee to madness. Acts 26:25 But Paul said, I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but utter words of truth and soberness; Acts 26:26 for the king is informed about these things, to whom also I speak with all freedom. For I am persuaded that of these things nothing is hidden from him; for this was not done in a corner. Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.

Acts 26:28 And Agrippa [said] to Paul, In a little thou persuadest me to become a Christian. Acts 26:29 And Paul [said], I would to God, both in little and in much, that not only thou, but all who have heard me this day, should become such as *I* also am, except these bonds. Acts 26:30 And the king stood up, and the governor and Bernice, and those who sat with them,

The whole company pronounce him innocent.

Acts 26:31 and having gone apart, they spoke to one another saying, This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds. Acts 26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus, This man might have been let go if he had not appealed to Caesar.

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