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:
that the Christ must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles."
And as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are mad; your great learning is turning you mad."
But Paul said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth.
For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner.
King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe."
And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time you think to make me a Christian!"
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."
Then the king rose, and the governor and Berni'ce and those who were sitting with them;
and when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, "This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment."
And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."