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Acts 26

NLT 1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may speak in your defense.” So Paul, gesturing with his hand, started his defense: NIV 1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: NLT 2 “I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense today against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders, NIV 2 "King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, NLT 3 for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently! NIV 3 and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently. NLT 4 “As the Jewish leaders are well aware, I was given a thorough Jewish training from my earliest childhood among my own people and in Jerusalem. NIV 4 "The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. NLT 5 If they would admit it, they know that I have been a member of the Pharisees, the strictest sect of our religion. NIV 5 They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. NLT 6 Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God’s promise made to our ancestors. NIV 6 And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today. NLT 7 In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel zealously worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, Your Majesty, they accuse me for having this hope! NIV 7 This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me. NLT 8 Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead? NIV 8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? NLT 9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene. NIV 9 "I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. NLT 10 Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. NIV 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. NLT 11 Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities. NIV 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them. NLT 12 “One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests. NIV 12 "On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. NLT 13 About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. NIV 13 About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. NLT 14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will. ’ NIV 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' NLT 15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. NIV 15 "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' " 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. NLT 16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. NIV 16 'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. NLT 17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles NIV 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them NLT 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ NIV 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' NLT 19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. NIV 19 "So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. NLT 20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do. NIV 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. NLT 21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me. NIV 21 That is why the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. NLT 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen— NIV 22 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 happen-- NLT 23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.” NIV 23 that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." NLT 24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!” NIV 24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind, Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning is driving you insane." NLT 25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. NIV 25 "I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. NLT 26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! NIV 26 The king is familiar with these things, 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. NLT 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—” NIV 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do." NLT 28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” NIV 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" NLT 29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.” NIV 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." NLT 30 Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others stood and left. NIV 30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. NLT 31 As they went out, they talked it over and agreed, “This man hasn’t done anything to deserve death or imprisonment.” NIV 31 They left the room, and while talking with one another, they said, "This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment." NLT 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “He could have been set free if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.” NIV 32 Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."