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 happen1--
that the Christa would suffer2 and, as the first to rise from the dead,3 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."424
At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,5 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning6 is driving you insane."
"I am not insane, most excellent7 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
The king is familiar with these things,8 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?"929
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."1030
The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice11 and those sitting with them.
They left the room, and while talking with one another, they said, "This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment."1232
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free13 if he had not appealed to Caesar."14