At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,1 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning2 is driving you insane."
"I am not insane, most excellent3 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
The king is familiar with these things,4 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?"529
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."630
The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice7 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."832
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free9 if he had not appealed to Caesar."10