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Chapter 26

Acts 26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, you are permitted to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched out the hand, and answered for himself:

Acts 26:2 I think of myself as blessed, King Agrippa, because I am about to answer for myself this day before you concerning all the things of where I am accused by the Jews:

Acts 26:3 especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: therefore I implore you to hear me patiently.

Acts 26:4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, which the Jews all know;

Acts 26:5 who knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

Acts 26:6 Now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, to our fathers:

Acts 26:7 to which promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

Acts 26:9 I truthfully thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Acts 26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and I did shut up many of the saints in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

Acts 26:11 And I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even to strange cities.

Acts 26:12 Where as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

Acts 26:13 at noon, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.

Acts 26:14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is rough for you to kick against a sharp object.

Acts 26:15 And I said, who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute.

Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand on your feet: for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of these things which you have seen, and of those things in which I will appear to you;

Acts 26:17 delivering you from the people, and from the nations, now to whom I send you,

Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.

Acts 26:19 Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision:

Acts 26:20 but declared first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the borders of Judea, and then to the nations, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works suitable for repentance.

Acts 26:21 For these reasons the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

Acts 26:22 Therefore having obtained help by God, I continue to this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say were about to come:

Acts 26:23 that Christ should suffer, and that he was about to be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light to the people, and to the nations.

Acts 26:24 As he so spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself; much learning does make you insane!

Acts 26:25 But he said, I am not insane, most noble Festus; but speak out the words of truth and reason.

Acts 26:26 For the king understands these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done secretly.

Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you have faith.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, you will shortly persuade me to be a Christian.

Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I pray to God, that not only you, but also all that hear me this day, whether shortly or later become as I am, without these chains.

Acts 26:30 When he had so spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

Acts 26:31 when they had gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, this man has not done anything worthy of death or of chains.

Acts 26:32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, this man might have been set free, if he had not appealed to Caesar Nero.