Acts Chapter 26
1 Then Agrippa said unto PaulThou art permitted to speak forthyself. Then Paul stretched forth the handand answered forhimself
2 I think myself happyking Agrippabecause I shall answer formyself this day before thee touching all the things whereof Iam accused of the Jews
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs andquestions which are among the Jewswherefore I beseech theeto hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youthwhich was at the first amongmine own nation at Jerusalemknow all the Jews
5 Which knew me from the beginningif they would testifythatafter the most straitest sect of our religion I lived aPharisee.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise madeof Godunto our fathers
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribesinstantly serving Godday and nighthope to come. For which hope s sakekingAgrippaI am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with youthat Godshould raise the dead
9 I verily thought with myselfthat I ought to do many thingscontrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalemand many of the saintsdid I shut up in prisonhaving received authority from thechief priestsand when they were put to deathI gave myvoice against them.
11 And I punished them oft in every synagogueand compelled themto blasphemeand being exceedingly mad against themIpersecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commissionfrom the chief priests
13 At middayO kingI saw in the way a light from heavenabovethe brightness of the sunshining round about me and themwhich journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earthI heard a voicespeaking unto meand saying in the Hebrew tongueSaulSaul why persecutest thou meit is hard for thee to kick againstthe pricks.
15 And I saidWho art thouLordAnd he saidI am Jesus whomthou persecutest.
16 But riseand stand upon thy feetfor I have appeared untothee for this purposeto make thee a minister and a witnessboth of these things which thou hast seenand of those thingsin the which I will appear unto thee
17 Delivering thee from the peopleand from the Gentilesuntowhom now I send thee
18 To open their eyesand to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto Godthat they may receiveforgiveness of sinsand inheritance among them which aresanctified by faith that is in me.
19 WhereuponO king AgrippaI was not disobedient unto theheavenly vision
20 But shewed first unto them of Damascusand at Jerusalemandthroughout all the coasts of Judaeaand then to the Gentiles that they should repent and turn to Godand do works meet forrepentance.
21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the templeand wentabout to kill me.
22 Having therefore obtained help of GodI continue unto thisdaywitnessing both to small and greatsaying none otherthings than those which the prophets and Moses did say shouldcome
23 That Christ should sufferand that he should be the firstthat should rise from the deadand should shew light unto thepeopleand to the Gentiles.
24 And as he thus spake for himselfFestus said with a loudvoicePaulthou art beside thyselfmuch learning doth makethee mad.
25 But he saidI am not madmost noble Festusbut speak forththe words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these thingsbefore whom also I speakfreelyfor I am persuaded that none of these things arehidden from himfor this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippabelievest thou the prophetsI know that thoubelievest.
28 Then Agrippa said unto PaulAlmost thou persuadest me to be aChristian.
29 And Paul saidI would to Godthat not only thoubut alsoall that hear me this daywere both almostand altogethersuch as I amexcept these bonds.
30 And when he had thus spokenthe king rose upand thegovernorand Berniceand they that sat with them
31 And when they were gone asidethey talked between themselvessayingThis man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto FestusThis man might have been set atlibertyif he had not appealed unto Caesar.