THE HOLY BIBLE
-The Acts Of The Apostles Chapter 26:1-32
Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You may now speak on your own behalf." So Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense.
Acts 26:2 "I count myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am to defend myself before you today against all the charges made against me by the Jews,
Acts 26:3 especially since you are an expert in all the Jewish customs and controversies. And therefore I beg you to listen patiently.
Acts 26:4 My manner of living from my youth, a life spent from the beginning among my people and in Jerusalem, all (the) Jews know.
Acts 26:5 They have known about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion.
Acts 26:6 But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors.
Acts 26:7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king.
Acts 26:8 Why is it thought unbelievable among you that God raises the dead?
Acts 26:9 I myself once thought that I had to do many things against the name of Jesus the Nazorean,
Acts 26:10 and I did so in Jerusalem. I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them.
Acts 26:11 Many times, in synagogue after synagogue, I punished them in an attempt to force them to blaspheme; I was so enraged against them that I pursued them even to foreign cities.
Acts 26:12 "On one such occasion I was traveling to Damascus with the authorization and commission of the chief priests.
Acts 26:13 At midday, along the way, O king, I saw a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my traveling companions.
Acts 26:14 We all fell to the ground and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.'
Acts 26:15 And I said, 'Who are you, sir?' And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
Acts 26:16 Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen (of me) and what you will be shown.
Acts 26:17 I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you,
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.'
Acts 26:19 "And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
Acts 26:20 On the contrary, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached the need to repent and turn to God, and to do works giving evidence of repentance.
Acts 26:21 That is why the Jews seized me (when I was) in the temple and tried to kill me.
Acts 26:22 But I have enjoyed God's help to this very day, and so I stand here testifying to small and great alike, saying nothing different from what the prophets and Moses foretold,
Acts 26:23 that the Messiah must suffer and that, as the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles."
Acts 26:24 While Paul was so speaking in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, "You are mad, Paul; much learning is driving you mad."
Acts 26:25 But Paul replied, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus; I am speaking words of truth and reason.
Acts 26:26 The king knows about these matters and to him I speak boldly, for I cannot believe that (any) of this has escaped his notice; this was not done in a corner.
Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you believe."
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You will soon persuade me to play the Christian."
Acts 26:29 Paul replied, "I would pray to God that sooner or later not only you but all who listen to me today might become as I am except for these chains."
Acts 26:30 Then the king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and the others who sat with them.
Acts 26:31 And after they had withdrawn they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing (at all) that deserves death or imprisonment."
Acts 26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."