Acts 26:25

25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.

Acts 26:25 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
English Standard Version (ESV)
25 But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words.
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth.
The Message Bible (MSG)
25 But Paul stood his ground. "With all respect, Festus, Your Honor, I'm not crazy. I'm both accurate and sane in what I'm saying.
American Standard Version (ASV)
25 But Paul saith, I am not mad, most excellent Festus; but speak forth words of truth and soberness.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
25 Paul replied, "I'm not crazy, Your Excellency Festus. What I'm saying is true and sane.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
25 But Paul replied, "I'm not out of my mind, most excellent Festus. On the contrary, I'm speaking words of truth and good judgment.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
25 "I am not crazy, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.

Acts 26:25 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 26:25

But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus
That is, Paul said, as the Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read: he replied to Festus, to whom he gives his title of honour, not out of fear, nor flattery, but according to custom; and though he used him in such a reproachful manner, as if he was not himself, which he denies; nor did what he had said show anything of that kind, but the reverse, to which he appeals;

but speak forth the words of truth and soberness;
which are true in themselves, being perfectly agreeable to the Scriptures of truth; and are what Christ, who is truth itself, had spoken, and of which he is the subject; and which the spirit of truth leads into, and owns and blesses: the Gospel in general, and all the doctrines of it, are words of truth; they are true, in opposition to that which is false, there is nothing of falsehood in them, no lie is of the truth; and to that which is fictitious, as the counterfeit Gospel of false teachers, which looks like the Gospel, and has the appearance of truth, but in reality is not; and to that which is but shadow, the Gospel, and the truths of it, are solid and substantial ones; hence the law and truth are opposed to each other, ( John 1:17 ) and there are particular doctrines of the Gospel, and such as the apostle had been speaking of, or referred unto, which are called truth, words of truth, and faithful sayings; as that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that he is God manifest in the flesh, or is God and man in one person; that he came into the world to save the chief of sinners; that he suffered, died, and rose again from the dead; that justification is by his righteousness; and that as he is the first that rose from the dead, others will rise also; or that there will be a resurrection of the dead by him; see ( 1 John 2:21 1 John 2:22 ) ( 1 Timothy 3:15 1 Timothy 3:16 ) ( 1 Timothy 1:15 ) ( 1 Corinthians 15:1 1 Corinthians 15:3 1 Corinthians 15:4 ) ( Galatians 3:1 ) ( 2 Timothy 2:18 ) . And these are "words of soberness" also; they are words of the highest wisdom, which contain the wisdom of God in a mystery, even hidden wisdom, the deep things of God, and such as could never have been found out by the wisdom of men; they are the means of bringing a man to himself, to his right mind, who before was not himself; of causing a man to think soberly of himself, and not more highly than he ought to think, even to think of himself, that he is the chief of sinners, and the least of saints; and of speaking soberly, wisely, and prudently; and of living soberly, righteously, and godly: they are doctrines, as delivered by the faithful ministers of them, which come from a sound and sober mind, and have a tendency to make wise and sober; and therefore should be spoken "forth", openly and boldly, freely and faithfully, constantly and continually, as they were by the apostle, whatever reproaches, calumnies, and reflections may be cast upon them for so doing, even though they may be called fools and madmen.

Acts 26:25 In-Context

23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
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.”
25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.
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.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

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