Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul: Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul, stretching forth his hand, began to make his answer.
Paul, in the presence of Agrippa, declareth his life from his childhood,
Acts 26:2 I think myself happy, O king Agrippa, that I am to answer for myself this day before thee, touching all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews. Acts 26:3 Especially as thou knowest all, both customs and questions, that are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. Acts 26:4 And my life indeed from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews do know: Acts 26:5 Having known me from the beginning (if they will give testimony) that according to the most sure sect of our religion I lived, a Pharisee. Acts 26:6 And now for the hope of the promise that was made by God to the fathers, do I stand subject to judgment: Acts 26:7 Unto which, our twelve tribes, serving night and day, hope to come. For which hope, O king, I am accused by the Jews. Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible that God should raise the dead? Acts 26:9 And I indeed did formerly think that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Acts 26:10 Which also I did at Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority of the chief priests. And when they were put to death, I brought the sentence. Acts 26:11 And oftentimes punishing them, in every synagogue, I compelled them to blaspheme: and being yet more mad against them, I persecuted them even unto foreign cities.
and how miraculously he was converted, and called to his apostleship.
Acts 26:12 Whereupon, when I was going to Damascus with authority and permission of the chief priest, Acts 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them that were in company with me. Acts 26:14 And when we were all fallen down on the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the good. Acts 26:15 And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. Acts 26:16 But rise up and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared to thee, that I may make thee a minister and a witness of those things which thou hast seen and of those things wherein I will appear to thee, Acts 26:17 Delivering thee from the people and from the nations unto which now I send thee: Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me. Acts 26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not incredulous to the heavenly vision. Acts 26:20 But to them first that are at Damascus and at Jerusalem, and unto all the country of Judea, and to the Gentiles did I preach, that they should do penance and turn to God, doing works worthy of penance. Acts 26:21 For this cause, the Jews, when I was in the temple, having apprehended me, went about to kill me. Acts 26:22 But being aided by the help of God, I stand unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other thing than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come to pass: Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead and should shew light to the people and to the Gentiles.
Festus chargeth him to be mad, whereunto he answereth modestly.
Acts 26:24 As he spoke these things and made his answer, Festus said with a loud voice: Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. Acts 26:25 And Paul said: I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I speak words of truth and soberness. Acts 26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, to whom also I speak with confidence. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him. For neither was any of these things done in a corner. Acts 26:27 Believest thou the prophets, O king Agrippa? 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 that both in a little and in much, not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, should become such as I also am, except these bands. Acts 26:30 And the king rose up, and the governor and Bernice and they that sat with them.
The whole company pronounce him innocent.
Acts 26:31 And when they were gone aside, they spoke among themselves, saying: This man hath done nothing worthy of death or of bands. Acts 26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus: This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.