26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul: Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretching forth his hand, began to make his answer.
26:2 I think myself happy, O king Agrippa, that I am to answer for myself this day before thee, touching all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews.
26:3 Especially as thou knowest all, both customs and questions that are among the Jews: Wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
26:4 And my life indeed from my youth, which was from the beginning among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews do know:
26:5 Having known me from the beginning (if they will give testimony) that according to the most sure sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
26:6 And now for the hope of the promise that was made by God to the fathers, do I stand subject to judgment:
26:7 Unto which, our twelve tribes, serving night and day, hope to come. For which hope, O king, I am accused by the Jews.
26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible, that God should raise the dead?
26:9 And I indeed did formerly think, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
26:10 Which also I did at Jerusalem, and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority of the chief priests: and when they were put to death, I brought the sentence.
26:11 And oftentimes punishing them, in every synagogue, I compelled them to blaspheme: and being yet more mad against them, I persecuted them even unto foreign cities.
26:12 Whereupon when I was going to Damascus with authority and permission of the chief priest,
26:13 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 that were in company with me.
26:14 And when we were all fallen down on the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.
26:15 And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
26:16 But rise up, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared to thee, that I may make thee a minister, and a witness of those things which thou hast seen, and of those things wherein I will appear to thee,
26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the nations, unto which now I send thee:
26:18 To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me.
26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not incredulous to the heavenly vision:
26:20 But to them first that are at Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and unto all the country of Judea, and to the Gentiles did I preach, that they should do penance, and turn to God, doing works worthy of penance.
26:21 For this cause the Jews, when I was in the temple, having apprehended me, went about to kill me.
26:22 But being aided by the help of God, I stand unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other thing than those which the prophets, and Moses did say should come to pass:
26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light to the people, and to the Gentiles.
26:24 As he spoke these things, and made his answer, Festus said with a loud voice: Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.
26:25 And Paul said: I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I speak words of truth and soberness.
26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, to whom also I speak with confidence. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him. For neither was any of these things done in a corner.
26:27 Believest thou the prophets, O king Agrippa? I know that thou believest.
26:28 And Agrippa said to Paul: In a little thou persuadest me to become a Christian.
26:29 And Paul said: I would to God, that both in a little and in much, not only thou, but also all that hear me, this day, should become such as I also am, except these bands.
26:30 And the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them.
26:31 And when they were gone aside, they spoke among themselves, saying: This man hath done nothing worthy of death or of bands.
26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus: This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.
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