22 Then (A)Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he *said, “you shall hear him.”

Paul before Agrippa

23 So, on the next day when (B)Agrippa came [a]together with (C)Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium [b]accompanied by the [c]commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 Festus *said, “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom (D)all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that (E)he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that he had committed (F)nothing worthy of death; and since he himself (G)appealed to [d]the Emperor, I decided to send him. 26 [e]Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 25:23 Lit and Bernice
  2. Acts 25:23 Lit and with
  3. Acts 25:23 I.e. chiliarchs, in command of one thousand troops
  4. Acts 25:25 V 21, note 1
  5. Acts 25:26 Lit About whom I have nothing definite

22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.”

He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.”(A)

Paul Before Agrippa(B)

23 The next day Agrippa and Bernice(C) came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community(D) has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.(E) 25 I found he had done nothing deserving of death,(F) but because he made his appeal to the Emperor(G) I decided to send him to Rome. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write. 27 For I think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him.”

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Paul’s Defense before Agrippa

26 (A)Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

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26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”(A)

So Paul motioned with his hand(B) and began his defense:

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32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been (A)set free if he had not (B)appealed to Caesar.”

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32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free(A) if he had not appealed to Caesar.”(B)

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17 But the Lord stood with me and (A)strengthened me, so that through me (B)the proclamation might [a]be (C)fully accomplished, and that all (D)the Gentiles might hear; and I was (E)rescued out of (F)the lion’s mouth.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 4:17 Or be fulfilled

17 But the Lord stood at my side(A) and gave me strength,(B) so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.(C) And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.(D)

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