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The Acts of the Apostles

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The Acts of the Apostles (11-20)

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Acts 26



1Now Agrippa said to Paul, “It is permitted for you to be speaking on behalf of yourself.” Then Paul having stretched out his hand, began speaking in his own defense: 2“Concerning all things of which I am accused by Jews, king Agrippa, I have considered myself fortunate [or, blessed] being about to be speaking in my own defense before you today; 3especially knowing you are an expert in all [things] in relation to Jews, both customs [or, morals] and points of disagreement. For this reason, I implore you to patiently hear me.

4“So then indeed, my way of life from youth, the one having taken place from [the] beginning among my [own] nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews know; 5knowing already [about] me from the beginning, if they are willing to testify, that according to the most accurate [or, strictest] sect of our religion I lived [as] a Pharisee. 6And now for the hope [or, confident expectation] of the promise having been made by God to the fathers, I have stood being judged, 7[the promise] to which our twelve tribes sacredly serving in earnestness night and day hope [or, confidently expect] to attain, concerning which hope [or, confident expectation], king Agrippa, I am being accused by [the] Jews. 8Why is it judged incredible with you* if God raises [the] dead?

9“Therefore I indeed thought to myself [for] it to be necessary [for me] to do many [things] against the name of Jesus of Nazareth, 10which also I did in Jerusalem; and many of the holy ones I locked up in prison, having received the authority from the chief priests, and when they [were] being executed, I cast a pebble [fig., my vote] against [them]. 11And punishing them often in all the synagogues, I was compelling [them] to be blaspheming, and being exceedingly enraged against them, I was persecuting [them] even as far as outer [fig., foreign] cities.

12“In which [pursuits] also traveling to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13in [the] middle of [the] day, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven more than the brightness of the sun shining around me and the ones traveling with me. 14Then we all having fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? [It is] difficult for you to be kicking against [the] goads [i.e., pointed sticks used to drive livestock].’

15“So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16But get up and stand on your feet; because for this [reason] I appeared to you, to handpick you [as] a servant and a witness both of what you saw and of what I will appear [fig., will reveal] to you, 17delivering you from the [Jewish] people and [from] the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18to open their eyes [in order] to turn [them] back from darkness [i.e., falsehood and unrighteousness] to light [i.e., truth and righteousness] and [from] the authority of Satan to God, [in order for] them to receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among the ones having been sanctified by faith in Me.’

19“For which reason, king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20but first to the [Jews] in Damascus and Jerusalem and into all the region of Judea and to the Gentiles, preaching [for them] to be repenting and to be turning to God, doing works worthy of repentance. 21Because of these things the Jews having arrested me in the temple were attempting to murder [me]. 22Therefore, having obtained help from God, until this day I have stood testifying both to small and to great, saying nothing except what both the Prophets and Moses spoke of [as] being about to be taking place, 23that the Christ is subject to suffering, that [being the] first from [the] resurrection of the dead, He is about to be proclaiming light to the [Jewish] people and to the Gentiles.”

24Now while he [was] speaking these [things] in his own defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “You are raving mad, Paul! The many writings [fig., Your great learning] is driving you to madness!” 25But he says, “I am not raving mad, most excellent Festus, but I boldly declare words of truth and of soundness of mind. 26For the king knows about these [things], before whom also speaking boldly I speak, for I am not persuaded [that] any of these [things] are escaping His notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27Do you believe the prophets, king Agrippa? I know that you believe!” 28Then Agrippa said to Paul, “With little [effort] you are persuading me to become a Christian?” 29But Paul said, “I would have wished to God, both with little [effort] and with much [effort], not only you but also all the ones hearing me today to become such as I also am, except for these chains.”

30And he having spoken these [things], the king stood up, and the governor and Bernice and the ones sitting with them. 31And having stepped aside, they began speaking to one another, saying, “This man is doing nothing worthy of death or of chains.” 32Then Agrippa said to Festus, “This man was able to have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”


Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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