1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
1 Paul tried before Agrippa
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after ch. 22:3;& 23:6;& 24:15,21;Phil. 3:5the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 ch. 23:6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of Gen. 3:15;& 22:18;& 26:4;& 49:10;Deut. 18:15;2 Sam. 7:12;Ps. 132:11;Is. 4:2;& 7:14;& 9:6;& 40:10;Jer. 23:5;& 33:14-16;Ezek. 34:23;& 37:24;Dan. 9:24;ch. 13:32;Rom. 15:8;Tit. 2:13the promise made of God unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise Jas. 1:1our twelve tribes, instantly serving God Luke 2:37;1 Thes. 3:10;1 Tim. 5:5[a]day and night, Phil. 3:11hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9 John 16:2;1 Tim. 1:13I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 ch. 8:3;Gal. 1:13Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority ch. 9:14,21;& 22:5from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11 ch. 22:19And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 ch. 9:3;& 22:6Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
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 which journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.'
16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, ch. 22:15to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;'
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, ch. 22:21unto whom now I send thee,'
18 Is. 35:5;& 42:7;Luke 1:79;John 8:12;2 Cor. 4:4;Eph. 1:18;1 Thes. 5:5To open their eyes, and 2 Cor. 6:14;Eph. 4:18;& 5:8;Col. 1:13;1 Pet. 2:9to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, Luke 1:77that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and Eph. 1:11;Col. 1:12inheritance among them which are ch. 20:32sanctified by faith that is in me.'
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20 But ch. 9:20,22;& 11:26;& chs. 13,14;& 16-21shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do Mat. 3:8works meet for repentance.
21 For these causes ch. 21:30the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those Luke 24:27;ch. 24:14;& 28:23;Rom. 3:21which the prophets and John 5:46Moses did say should come:
23 Luke 24:26That Christ should suffer, and 1 Cor. 15:20;Col. 1:18;Rev. 1:5that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and Luke 2:32should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, 2 Ki. 9:11;John 10:20;1 Cor. 1:23;& 2:13,14;& 4:10thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of 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 in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, 1 Cor. 7:7I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, ch. 23:9,29;& 25:25This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, ch. 25:11if he had not appealed unto Cesar.
33 Paul sent to Rome
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