Acts 26:23-32 NIV

23 that the Christa would suffer1 and, as the first to rise from the dead,2 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."3

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24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,4 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning5 is driving you insane."

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25 "I am not insane, most excellent6 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.

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26 The king is familiar with these things,7 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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      27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."
      28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"8

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      29 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."9

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      30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice10 and those sitting with them.

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      31 They left the room, and while talking with one another, they said, "This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment."11

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      32 Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free12 if he had not appealed to Caesar."13

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