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Chapter 26

1And Agrippa said unto Paul, `It is permitted to thee to speak for thyself;` then Paul having stretched forth the hand, was making a defence: 2`Concerning all things of which I am accused by Jews, king Agrippa, I have thought myself happy, being about to make a defence before thee to-day, 3especially knowing thee to be acquainted with all things -- both customs and questions -- among Jews; wherefore, I beseech thee, patiently to hear me. 4`The manner of my life then, indeed, from youth -- which from the beginning was among my nation, in Jerusalem -- know do all the Jews, 5knowing me before from the first, (if they may be willing to testify,) that after the most exact sect of our worship, I lived a Pharisee; 6and now for the hope of the promise made to the fathers by God, I have stood judged, 7to which our twelve tribes, intently night and day serving, do hope to come, concerning which hope I am accused, king Agrippa, by the Jews; 8why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead? 9`I, indeed, therefore, thought with myself, that against the name of Jesus of Nazareth it behoved [me] many things to do, 10which also I did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I in prison did shut up, from the chief priests having received the authority; they also being put to death, I gave my vote against them, 11and in every synagogue, often punishing them, I was constraining [them] to speak evil, being also exceedingly mad against them, I was also persecuting [them] even unto strange cities. 12`In which things, also, going on to Damascus -- with authority and commission from the chief priests -- 13at mid-day, I saw in the way, O king, out of heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me a light -- and those going on with me; 14and we all having fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why me dost thou persecute? hard for thee against pricks to kick! 15`And I said, Who art thou, Lord? and he said, I am Jesus whom thou dost persecute; 16but rise, and stand upon thy feet, for for this I appeared to thee, to appoint thee an officer and a witness both of the things thou didst see, and of the things [in which] I will appear to thee, 17delivering thee from the people, and the nations, to whom now I send thee, 18to open their eyes, to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the authority of the Adversary unto God, for their receiving forgiveness of sins, and a lot among those having been sanctified, by faith that [is] toward me. 19`Whereupon, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem, to all the region also of Judea, and to the nations, I was preaching to reform, and to turn back unto God, doing works worthy of reformation; 21because of these things the Jews -- having caught me in the temple -- were endeavouring to kill [me]. 22`Having obtained, therefore, help from God, till this day, I have stood witnessing both to small and to great, saying nothing besides the things that both the prophets and Moses spake of as about to come, 23that the Christ is to suffer, whether first by a rising from the dead, he is about to proclaim light to the people and to the nations.` 24And, he thus making a defence, Festus with a loud voice said, `Thou art mad, Paul; much learning doth turn thee mad;` 25and he saith, `I am not mad, most noble Festus, but of truth and soberness the sayings I speak forth; 26for the king doth know concerning these things, before whom also I speak boldly, for none of these things, I am persuaded, are hidden from him; for this thing hath not been done in a corner; 27thou dost believe, king Agrippa, the prophets? I have known that thou dost believe!` 28And Agrippa said unto Paul, `In a little thou dost persuade me to become a Christian!` 29and Paul said, `I would have wished to God, both in a little, and in much, not only thee, but also all those hearing me to-day, to become such as I also am -- except these bonds.` 30And, he having spoken these things, the king rose up, and the governor, Bernice also, and those sitting with them, 31and having withdrawn, they were speaking unto one another, saying -- `This man doth nothing worthy of death or of bonds;` 32and Agrippa said to Festus, `This man might have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.`

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