Acts 26

1Agrippa and to the Paul said: It is permitted for thee in behalf of thyself to speak. Then the Paul made a defence, having stretched out the hand; 2concerning all things of which I am accused by Jews, O king Agrippa, I esteem myself happy, before thee being about to-day to make a defence; 3especially acquainted being thee of all of the among Jews customs and also questions. Therefore I entreat thee, patiently to hear of me. 4The indeed therefore mode of life of me that from youth, that from beginning being among the nation of me in Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 5previously knowing me from the first, (if they would be willing to testify,) that according to the most rigid sect of the our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6And now for hope of that to the fathers promise being made by the God, I have stood being judged; 7to which the twelve tribes of us, in intently night and day serving, hopes to attain; concerning which hope I am accused, O king Agrippa, by Jews. 8What? incredible is it judged by you, if the God dead ones raises? 9I indeed therefore thought in myself to the name of Jesus the Nazarene ought many things against to practice. 10Which also I did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints I in prisons shut up, the from of the high-priests authority having received; being killed and of them, I brought against a vote; 11and in all the synagogues often publishing them, I was compelling to blaspheme; exceedingly and being furious towards them, I purchased till even into the foreign cities. 12In which also going to the Damascus with authority and a commission of that from the high-priests, 13of a day middle, in the way I saw, O king, from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, having shone round me a light and those with me going. 14All and having fallen down of us on the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect: Saul, Saul, why me persecutest thou? hard for thee against sharp points to kick. 15I and said: Who art thou, O sir? He and said: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16But arise thou, and stand up on the feet of thee; for this for I appeared to thee, to constitute thee a minister and a witness, of what both thou didst see, of what and I will appear to thee; 17delivering thee from the people and the Gentiles, to whom I thee send, 18to open eyes of them, of the to have turned from darkness to light, and of the authority of the adversary to the God, of the to receive them forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those having been sanctified, faith by the into me. 19There upon, O king Agrippa, not I was disobedient to the heavenly vision; 20but to those in Damascus first and in Jerusalem, in all and the country of the Judea, and to the Gentiles, I declared to reform, and to turn to the God, worthy of the reformation works doing. 21On account of these me the Jews having seized in the temple attempted with violent hands to have killed. 22Help therefore having obtained of that from of the God, till the day this I have stood, testifying to small both and to great, nothing beyond saying, of what both the prophets spoke being about to take place, and Moses; 23that liable to suffer the Anointed, that first from a resurrection of dead ones a light he is about to announce to the people and to the Gentiles. 24These things and of him saying in defence the Festus loud with the voice said: Thou art mad, O Paul; the much learning into madness turns about. 25He but: I am mad; he says: O most noble Festus, but of truth and of sanity word to utter. 26Is acquainted for concerning these things the king, to whom also being confident I may speak; unobserved by for him any of these things not I am persuaded nothing; not for it is in a corner having been done this. 27Believest thou, O king Agrippa, in the prophets? I know, that thou believest. 28The and Agrippa to the Paul said: Within a little me thou persuadest a Christian to become. 29The and Paul said: I would pray to the God, and within a little and within much not only thee, but also all those hearing me to-day, to become such as even I am, except the chains these. 30Arose and the king and the governor, the and Bernice, and those being seated with them; 31and having retired they spoke to each other, saying: That nothing of death worthy or of bonds does the man this. 32Agrippa and to the Festus said: To have been released might the man this, if not he had called on Caesar.
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