Acts of the Apostles

Acts 26

1. And Agrippa said to Paul, "You are allowed to speak on your own behalf."* Then Paul extended his hand* and the [holy] Spirit issued from his mouth,
2. "Concerning all the controversy that I have with the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself blessed that today before you I speak in Spirit.
3. "However, since I know that you are familiar* with the particulars and the Laws of the Jews. Because of this I beg* you to hear me in the right spirit.*
4. "For the Jews also know, if they wish to testify in opposition to me, that from my childhood I have lived from the beginning among my people in Jerusalem.
5. "Because from deep down they approve of me and understand that I have lived by the elite knowledge of the Pharisees.
6. "And now over the covenant of hope that was proffered to our ancestors from God, I am being condemned*.
7. "Over this covenant that the twelve tribes wait in grateful anticipation, through fervent prayers of night and day, and against it, against this hope I am suffering* at the hands of the Jews, King Agrippa.
8. "What are you judging? Am I not supposed to believe that God raises the dead?*
9. "For I made up my mind a long time ago,* that I would place severe conditions against the name of Jesus the Nazarene.
10. "This I did also in Jerusalem, and I threw many saints in prison,* by the authority which I received from the chief high priests. And as they killed certain of them, I associated myself with those who held them guilty [of death.]
11. "And I tormented them in every gathering I found them, while I pressed them to blaspheme the name of Jesus. And I [hurled] many angry words against them, and I even went to other towns to persecute them.
12. "And while I went for such a purpose to Damascus, by the authority and at the pleasure of the chief high priests,
13. "In the middle of the day on the road, a vision from heaven and angels, O, king, that shined on me and over all those who were with me, a light greater than the sun,
14. "And we all fell on the ground, and I heard a voice that told me, in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? You are harsh in your oppression.'
15. "And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And our Lord told me, 'I am that Jesus of Nazareth whom you persecute.'
16. "And he told me, 'Get up on your feet, this is why I have appeared to you, so that I may raise you for the ministry and testimony of the fact that you have seen me and for those things which you are destined to show me.
17. " 'And I shall deliver you from the Jewish nation and from the other nations where I shall send you.
18. " 'So that their eyes are opened, as they return from darkness to light, and from the works of Satan [back] to God, and so they may receive the forgiveness of sins, and dispensation with saints through faith in me.'
19. "Because of this, King Agrippa, I did not rise in opposition to this heavenly vision,
20. "Except I preached on the following day to those in Damascus and to those in Jerusalem, and all the villages of Judea, and also to the nations, I preached, to repent and turn back to God, and to do the works that are deserving* of grace.
21. "And for the sake of these, the Jews arrested me in the temple and wished to kill me.
22. "However, God has aided me to this day, and, behold, I rise to testify to the small and the great, while I do not contradict* Moses or the prophets, except [I speak of those things] that were fulfilled which they said were destined to be fulfilled,
23. "That the Messiah would suffer death and would inaugurate the resurrection from the Dead, and that he was destined to preach about the light to the people and to all the nations of the world."*

24. And as the holy Spirit thus spoke through Paul, Festus cried out in a loud voice, "Have you left your senses, Paulla,* too much Scripture has left you senseless.*"
25. Paul said to him, "I did not leave my senses, most excellent Festus, except I speak words of truth and benevolence.
26. "And likewise, King Agrippa knows much more about these things. And because of that indeed I spoke openly before him, because not one of these words I expect would be lost on him, as they were not sworn to in secret.
27. "Do you believe, King Agrippa, in the prophets? I know that you believe."
28. King Agrippa told him, "There is little you can grant me to become a Christian."
29. And Paul said to him, "I pray to God, with [gifts] small or large, that not only you should be granted, except also all those who hear me today, to be such as I, outside of these chains of mine."

28. And the king stood up, and the governor and Bernice, and those who sat with them.
29. And as they were finished from there, they spoke one to the other and said, "That which deserves death or imprisonment,* this man did not do."
30. And Agrippa said to Festus, "It was possible to release this man, if he himself had not called on Caesar."

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Footnotes:
*26:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "About the faces of yourself."
*26:1.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Seized the opportunity."
*26:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Allowed you."
*26:3.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "I want of you."
*26:3.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "I beg you to allow the Spirit to flow that can hear me."
*26:6 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Judged."
*26:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Being fought against."
*26:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Not Lawful to believe I that raises God the dead?"
*26:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "I from old consecrated in my opinion."
*26:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "House of prisoners."
*26:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Lay down to," or "in line with."
*26:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Thing after speak."
*26:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That to sorrow Messiah, and become Supremacy of Resurrection that from the house of dead, and that destined to preach Light to the nation and to the nations."
*26:24.1 Lit. Aramaic name retained: Nickname for Paulos or Paul.
*26:24.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Passed out."
*26:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "For chains."