First to those in Damascus,1 then to those in Jerusalem2 and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles3 also, I preached that they should repent4 and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.521
That is why the Jews seized me6 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.722
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 happen8--
that the Christa would suffer9 and, as the first to rise from the dead,10 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."1124
At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,12 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning13 is driving you insane."
"I am not insane, most excellent14 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
The king is familiar with these things,15 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?"1629
Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."1730
The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice18 and those sitting with them.