1ThenAgrippasaiduntoPaul,Thou art permitted to speakforthyself.ThenPaul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself :
I thinkmyselfhappy,kingAgrippa, because I shall answer for myself this daybeforetheetouching all the thingswhereof I am accusedof the Jews:3Especially because I knowthee to beexpertinallcustomsandquestions which are among the Jews:wherefore I beseechthee to hearmepatiently.4Mymanneroflifefrom my youth,whichwasat the firstamongmine own nationatJerusalem,knowall the Jews;5
Which knewme from the beginning,if they wouldtestify , thatafter the most straitestsect of ourreligion I lived a Pharisee.6Andnow I stand and am judgedfor the hope of the promisemadeofGodunto our fathers:7Untowhich promise our twelve tribes,instantlyserving God dayandnight,hope to come . Forwhich hope's sake,kingAgrippa, I am accusedof the Jews.8Why should it be thought a thingincrediblewithyou,thatGod should raise the dead?9Iverilythought with myself, that I ought to do many thingscontraryto the name of Jesus of Nazareth.10
Which thingIalsodidinJerusalem:andmany of the saintsdidI shut up in prison, having receivedauthorityfrom the chief priests;and when they were put to death , I gave my voice against them.
11And I punishedthemoftineverysynagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme ; andbeingexceedingly mad againstthem, I persecuted them evenuntostrangecities.12Whereuponas I wenttoDamascuswithauthorityandcommissionfrom the chief priests,13
At midday , O king, I sawin the way a light from heaven,above the brightness of the sun, shining round aboutmeand them which journeyedwithme.14And when wewereallfallento the earth, I heard a voicespeakinguntome,andsaying in the Hebrewtongue,Saul,Saul,why persecutest thoume? it is hard for thee to kickagainst the pricks.15AndIsaid , Who art thou , Lord?And he said , IamJesuswhomthoupersecutest .16Butrise , andstanduponthyfeet:for I have appeared unto theefor this purpose, to makethee a ministerand a witnessboth of these things which thou hast seen , and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;17Deliveringtheefrom the people,and from the Gentiles,untowhomnow I sendthee,18To opentheireyes, and to turn them fromdarknesstolight,and from the power of SatanuntoGod, that they may receiveforgiveness of sins,andinheritanceamong them which are sanctified by faith that is inme.19Whereupon, O kingAgrippa, I wasnotdisobedient unto the heavenlyvision:20Butshewedfirst unto them ofDamascus,and at Jerusalem,andthroughoutall the coasts of Judaea,and then to the Gentiles, that they should repentandturntoGod, and doworksmeet for repentance.21For these causes the Jewscaughtmein the temple, and went about to kill me.
22HavingthereforeobtainedhelpofGod, I continueuntothisday,witnessingboth to smallandgreat,saying none other thingsthan those whichtheprophetsandMoses did sayshouldcome :
23ThatChrist should suffer, and that he should be the first that should risefrom the dead, and shouldshewlight unto the people,and to the Gentiles.24And as hethus spake for himself , Festussaid with a loudvoice,Paul, thou art beside thyself ; muchlearning doth maketheemad .
25But he said , I amnotmad , most nobleFestus;but speak forth the words of truthandsoberness.26For the kingknowethofthese things, beforewhomalso I speakfreely : for I am persuadedthatnoneof these things are hidden from him;for this thingwasnotdonein a corner.27KingAgrippa, believest thou the prophets? I knowthat thou believest .
28ThenAgrippasaiduntoPaul,Almostthoupersuadestme to be a Christian.29AndPaulsaid , I would to God, that notonlythou,butalsoall that hearme this day,werebothalmost , andaltogethersuchasIam , exceptthesebonds.30And when hehadthusspoken , the king rose up , and the governor,andBernice,and they that sat withthem:31And when they were gone aside , they talkedbetweenthemselves,saying , Thismandoethnothingworthy of deathor of bonds.32ThensaidAgrippa unto Festus,Thismanmight have been set at liberty , if he hadnot appealed untoCaesar.