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Acts 26

Acts 26:1 Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: þu art permytted to speake for thy selfe. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for hym selfe.

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

Acts 26:2 I thinke my self happy king Agrippa, because I shall answere this daye before the, of all the thinges wherof, I am accused of þe Iewes: Acts 26:3 namely, because thou arte experte in all customes and questions, which are among the Iewes. Wherfore I beseche the, to heare me paciently. Acts 26:4 My lyuynge that I haue lead of a chylde (which was at the fyrst among myne awne nacion at Ierusalem) knowe all the Iewes, Acts 26:5 which knewe me from the begynnynge, yf they wolde testyfye. For after the moost straytest secte of our religion, I lyued a pharisey. Acts 26:6 And now I stande and am iudged for the hope of the promes made of God vnto oure father: Acts 26:7 vnto which promes our twelue tribes (instantly seruyng God daye & night) hope to come. For which hopes sake, kynge Agrippa, I am accused of the Iewes. Acts 26:8 Why shulde it be thought a thynge incredyble vnto you, þt God shulde rayse agayne the deed? Acts 26:9 I also verely thought in my selfe, that I ought to do many contrary thynges, cleane agaynst the name of Iesus of Nazareth: Acts 26:10 which thynge I also dyd in Ierusalem. And many of the saynctes dyd I shut vp in preson, and had receaued auctorite of the hye Prestes. And when they were put to deeth. I gaue the sentence. Acts 26:11 And I punisshed them ofte in euery synagoge, and compelled them to blaspheme: and was yet more mad vpon them, and persecuted them, euen vnto straunge cyties.

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

Acts 26:12 About which thinges as I went to Damasco wyth auctorite and licence of the hye Prestes, Acts 26:13 euen at myddaye. (O kyng) I sawe in the waye a lyght from heauen aboue the bryghtnes of the sonne shyne rounde about me, and them whych iorneyed wyth me. Acts 26:14 When we were all fallen to the erthe, I heard a voyce speakynge vnto me, & saying in the Hebrue tonge: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is harde for the to kicke agaynst the prickes. Acts 26:15 And I sayd: Who art thou Lorde? And he sayde: I am Iesus whom thou persecutest, Acts 26:16 but ryse and stand vp on thy fete. For I haue appeared vnto þe for thys purpose, to make þe a minister and a witnes both of those thynges whych þu hast sene, & of those thynges in the which I will appeare vnto the, Acts 26:17 delyueringe the from the people, and from the gentyls, vnto whom now I sende the, Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, that they maye be turned from darckness to light, and from the power of Satan vnto God, that they maye receaue forgeuenes of synnes, and inheritaunce amonge them whych are sanctified by fayth that is toward me. Acts 26:19 Wherfore (O kynge Agryppa) I was not disobedient vnto the heauenly visyon: Acts 26:20 but shewed fyrst vnto them of Damasco, and at Ierusalem, and thorow out all the coastes of Iewry, and then to the gentyls, that they shuld repent, and turne to God, and do soch workes as become them that repent. Acts 26:21 For thys cause the Iewes caught me in the temple, and went about to kyll me. Acts 26:22 Seyng therfore that I haue obtained helpe of God: I contynew vnto thys daye, wytnessinge bothe to small & to great, saying none other thynges, then those whych the prophetes and Moses dyd saye shuld come: Acts 26:23 that Christ shulde soffer, and that he shulde be the fyrst that shuld ryse from deth, and shuld shew lyght vnto the people, and to the gentyls.

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

Acts 26:24 As he thus spake for hym selfe: Festus sayde with a loude voyce: Paul, þu art besyde thy selfe. Moch learnynge doth make the madd. Acts 26:25 And Paul sayde: I am not mad (most deare Festus) but speake forth the wordes of trueth and sobernes. Acts 26:26 For þe kynge knoweth of these thynges, before whom also I speake frely: nether thynke I that eny of these thynges are hydden from him. For thys thynge was not done in a corner. Acts 26:27 Kynge Agrippa beleuest thou the Prophetes? I wote well that thou beleuest.

Agrippa is almost persuaded to be a Christian.

Acts 26:28 Agrippa sayde vnto Paul: Sumwhat thou bryngest me in mynde for to become Chrysten. Acts 26:29 And Paul sayde? I wolde to God that not onely thou: but also all that heare me to daye were, not somwhat onely, but all together, soch as I am, except these bondes. Acts 26:30 And when he had thus spoken, the kynge rose vp, and the debite, and Bernice, and they that sate with them,

The whole company pronounce him innocent.

Acts 26:31 And when they were gone aparte, they talked betwene them selues, sayinge. Thys man doeth nothyng worthy of deeth, or of bondes. Acts 26:32 Then sayde Agrippa vnto Festus. Thys man myght haue bene let loose, yf he had not appealed vnto Cesar.

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