I will rescue you1 from your own people and from the Gentiles.2 I am sending you to them
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to open their eyes3 and turn them from darkness to light,4 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins5 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'6
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"So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient7 to the vision from heaven.
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First to those in Damascus,8 then to those in Jerusalem9 and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles10 also, I preached that they should repent11 and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.12
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That is why the Jews seized me13 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.14
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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 happen15--
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that the Christ would suffer16 and, as the first to rise from the dead,17 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."18
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At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,19 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning20 is driving you insane."
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"I am not insane, most excellent21 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
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The king is familiar with these things,22 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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King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."