Atos 26

1 Agrippa 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;

2 concerning 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;

3 especially acquainted being thee of all of the among Jews customs and also questions. Therefore I entreat thee, patiently to hear of me.

4 The 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;

5 previously 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.

6 And now for hope of that to the fathers promise being made by the God, I have stood being judged;

7 to 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.

8 What? incredible is it judged by you, if the God dead ones raises?

9 I indeed therefore thought in myself to the name of Jesus the Nazarene ought many things against to practice.

10 Which 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;

11 and 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.

12 In which also going to the Damascus with authority and a commission of that from the high–priests,

13 of 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.

14 All 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.

15 I and said: Who art thou, O sir? He and said: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

16 But 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;

17 delivering thee from the people and the Gentiles, to whom I thee send,

18 to 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.

19 There upon, O king Agrippa, not I was disobedient to the heavenly vision;

20 but 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.

21 On account of these me the Jews having seized in the temple attempted with violent hands to have killed.

22 Help 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;

23 that 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.

24 These 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.

25 He but: I am mad; he says: O most noble Festus, but of truth and of sanity word to utter.

26 Is 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.

27 Believest thou, O king Agrippa, in the prophets? I know, that thou believest.

28 The and Agrippa to the Paul said: Within a little me thou persuadest a Christian to become.

29 The 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.

30 Arose and the king and the governor, the and Bernice, and those being seated with them;

31 and having retired they spoke to each other, saying: That nothing of death worthy or of bonds does the man this.

32 Agrippa and to the Festus said: To have been released might the man this, if not he had called on Caesar.