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Acts 26

NRS 1 Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and began to defend himself: NIV 1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: NRS 2 "I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, 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, NRS 3 because you are especially familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews; therefore I beg of you to 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. NRS 4 "All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, a life spent from the beginning 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. NRS 5 They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I have belonged to the strictest sect of our religion and lived as a Pharisee. 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. NRS 6 And now I stand here on trial on account of my hope in the promise made by God 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. NRS 7 a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship day and night. It is for this hope, your Excellency, that I am accused by Jews! 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. NRS 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? NIV 8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? NRS 9 "Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things against the name of Jesus of Nazareth. NIV 9 "I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. NRS 10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote against them when they were being 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. NRS 11 By punishing them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme; and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to 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. NRS 12 "With this in mind, I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests, NIV 12 "On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. NRS 13 when at midday along the road, your Excellency, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around 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. NRS 14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.' 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.' NRS 15 I asked, "Who are you, Lord?' The Lord answered, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. NIV 15 "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' " 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. NRS 16 But get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you. 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. NRS 17 I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you NIV 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them NRS 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn 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.' 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.' NRS 19 "After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, NIV 19 "So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. NRS 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance. 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. NRS 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. NIV 21 That is why the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. NRS 22 To this day I have had help from God, and so I stand here, testifying to both small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would take place: 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-- NRS 23 that the Messiah must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles." 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." NRS 24 While he was making this defense, Festus exclaimed, "You are out of your mind, Paul! Too much learning is driving you insane!" 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." NRS 25 But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. NIV 25 "I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. NRS 26 Indeed the king knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am certain that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was 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. NRS 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe." NIV 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do." NRS 28 Agrippa said to Paul, "Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?" NIV 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" NRS 29 Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such 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." NRS 30 Then the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those who had been seated with them; NIV 30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. NRS 31 and as they were leaving, they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing 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." NRS 32 Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor." NIV 32 Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."