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Agrippa [Ăgrĭp'på]—one who at his birth causes pain. Great grandson of Herod the Great. Agrippa’s father was eaten by worms. See Herod (Acts 25:13-26; 26). Was Agrippa almost persuaded by Paul’s eloquent witness to become a Christian? Bible scholars disagree on the point. There are those who affirm that the original language indicates clearly that Agrippa interrupted Paul to warn him that he was going too far in presuming that he was admitting his argument. “Too eagerly art thou persuading thyself that thou canst make me a Christian.” The RV of 1881 has it, “With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian.” However, the words of Agrippa as they stand in the A.V. have formed the basis of many an earnest and powerful gospel appeal.

Devotional content drawn from All the Men of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer. Used with permission.

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