Acts 26:25

But speak forth (alla apopqeggomai). Verb for dignified and elevated discourse, a word from the literary Koin, not the vernacular. In N.T. only here and John 2:4 John 2:14 which see. It occurs three times in Vettius Valens in a "mantic" sense. Paul was not ruffled by the rude and excited interruption of Festus, but speaks with perfect courtesy in his reply "words of truth and soberness." The old word swprosunh (soundness of mind) from swprwn (and that from sw and prhn) is directly opposed to "madness" (mania) and in N.T. occurs only here and 1 Timothy 2:15 .