18to open their eyes1 and turn them from darkness to light,2 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins3 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'419
"So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient5 to the vision from heaven.
First to those in Damascus,6 then to those in Jerusalem7 and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles8 also, I preached that they should repent9 and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.1021
That is why the Jews seized me11 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.1222
But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen13--
that the Christa would suffer14 and, as the first to rise from the dead,15 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."1624
At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,17 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning18 is driving you insane."
"I am not insane, most excellent19 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
The king is familiar with these things,20 and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.
King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"21