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Acts 26

ESV 1 So Agrippa said to Paul, "You have permission to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: MSG 1 Agrippa spoke directly to Paul: "Go ahead - tell us about yourself." ESV 2 "I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, MSG 2 "I can't think of anyone, King Agrippa, before whom I'd rather be answering all these Jewish accusations than you, ESV 3 especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. MSG 3 knowing how well you are acquainted with Jewish ways and all our family quarrels. ESV 4 "My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. MSG 4 "From the time of my youth, my life has been lived among my own people in Jerusalem. ESV 5 They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. MSG 5 Practically every Jew in town who watched me grow up - and if they were willing to stick their necks out they'd tell you in person - knows that I lived as a strict Pharisee, the most demanding branch of our religion. ESV 6 And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, MSG 6 It's because I believed it and took it seriously, ESV 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! MSG 7 committed myself heart and soul to what God promised my ancestors - the identical hope, mind you, that the twelve tribes have lived for night and day all these centuries - it's because I have held on to this tested and tried hope that I'm being called on the carpet by the Jews. They should be the ones standing trial here, not me! ESV 8 Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? MSG 8 For the life of me, I can't see why it's a criminal offense to believe that God raises the dead. ESV 9 "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. MSG 9 "I admit that I didn't always hold to this position. For a time I thought it was my duty to oppose this Jesus of Nazareth with all my might. ESV 10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. MSG 10 Backed with the full authority of the high priests, I threw these believers - I had no idea they were God's people! - into the Jerusalem jail right and left, and whenever it came to a vote, I voted for their execution. ESV 11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities. MSG 11 I stormed through their meeting places, bullying them into cursing Jesus, a one-man terror obsessed with obliterating these people. And then I started on the towns outside Jerusalem. ESV 12 "In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. MSG 12 "One day on my way to Damascus, armed as always with papers from the high priests authorizing my action, ESV 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. MSG 13 right in the middle of the day a blaze of light, light outshining the sun, poured out of the sky on me and my companions. Oh, King, it was so bright! ESV 14 And 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 is hard for you to kick against the goads.' MSG 14 We fell flat on our faces. Then I heard a voice in Hebrew: 'Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me? Why do you insist on going against the grain?' ESV 15 And I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. MSG 15 "I said, 'Who are you, Master?' ESV 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, MSG 16 But now, up on your feet - I have a job for you. I've handpicked you to be a servant and witness to what's happened today, and to what I am going to show you. ESV 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles--to whom I am sending you MSG 17 "'I'm sending you off ESV 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' MSG 18 to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I'm sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.' ESV 19 "Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, MSG 19 "What could I do, King Agrippa? I couldn't just walk away from a vision like that! I became an obedient believer on the spot. ESV 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. MSG 20 I started preaching this life-change - this radical turn to God and everything it meant in everyday life - right there in Damascus, went on to Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside, and from there to the whole world. ESV 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. MSG 21 "It's because of this 'whole world' dimension that the Jews grabbed me in the Temple that day and tried to kill me. They want to keep God for themselves. ESV 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: MSG 22 But God has stood by me, just as he promised, and I'm standing here saying what I've been saying to anyone, whether king or child, who will listen. And everything I'm saying is completely in line with what the prophets and Moses said would happen: ESV 23 that the Christ 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." MSG 23 One, the Messiah must die; two, raised from the dead, he would be the first rays of God's daylight shining on people far and near, people both godless and God-fearing." ESV 24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind." MSG 24 That was too much for Festus. He interrupted with a shout: "Paul, you're crazy! You've read too many books, spent too much time staring off into space! Get a grip on yourself, get back in the real world!" ESV 25 But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 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. ESV 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. MSG 26 The King knows what I'm talking about. I'm sure that nothing of what I've said sounds crazy to him. He's known all about it for a long time. You must realize that this wasn't done behind the scenes. ESV 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe." MSG 27 You believe the prophets, don't you, King Agrippa? Don't answer that - I know you believe." ESV 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" MSG 28 But Agrippa did answer: "Keep this up much longer and you'll make a Christian out of me!" ESV 29 And Paul said, "Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am--except for these chains." MSG 29 Paul, still in chains, said, "That's what I'm praying for, whether now or later, and not only you but everyone listening today, to become like me - except, of course, for this prison jewelry!" ESV 30 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. MSG 30 The king and the governor, along with Bernice and their advisors, got up ESV 31 And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment." MSG 31 and went into the next room to talk over what they had heard. They quickly agreed on Paul's innocence, saying, "There's nothing in this man deserving prison, let alone death." ESV 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar." MSG 32 Agrippa told Festus, "He could be set free right now if he hadn't requested the hearing before Caesar."

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