Acts 26:16-26 NIV

16 'Now get up and stand on your feet.1 I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.2

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17 I will rescue you3 from your own people and from the Gentiles.4 I am sending you to them

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18 to open their eyes5 and turn them from darkness to light,6 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins7 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'8

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19 "So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient9 to the vision from heaven.

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20 First to those in Damascus,10 then to those in Jerusalem11 and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles12 also, I preached that they should repent13 and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.14

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21 That is why the Jews seized me15 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.16

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22 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 happen17--

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23 that the Christa would suffer18 and, as the first to rise from the dead,19 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."20

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24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,21 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning22 is driving you insane."

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25 "I am not insane, most excellent23 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.

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26 The king is familiar with these things,24 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.

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