17 “It happened when I (A)returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I (B)fell into a trance,

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21 And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away (A)to the Gentiles.’

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16 But get up and (A)stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to (B)appoint you as a (C)servant and (D)a witness not only to the things in which you have seen Me, but also to the things in which I will appear to you, 17 (E)rescuing you (F)from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to (G)open their eyes so that they may turn from (H)darkness to light, and from the [a]power of (I)Satan to God, that they may receive (J)forgiveness of sins and an (K)inheritance among those who have been sanctified by (L)faith in Me.’

19 “For that reason, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but continually proclaimed (M)to those in Damascus first, and (N)in Jerusalem, and then all the region of Judea, and even (O)to the Gentiles, that they are to (P)repent and turn to God, performing deeds (Q)consistent with repentance. 21 For these reasons some Jews (R)seized me in the temple and tried (S)to murder me. 22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day (T)testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what (U)the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place, 23 as to (V)whether the [b]Christ was [c]to suffer, and whether, as (W)first from the resurrection of the dead, He would proclaim (X)light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

24 While [d]Paul was stating these things in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [e]Your great (Y)learning is [f]driving you insane.” 25 But Paul *said, “I am not insane, (Z)most excellent Festus; on the contrary, I am speaking out with [g]truthful and rational words. 26 For the king [h](AA)knows about these matters, and I also speak to him with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a [i]corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 Agrippa replied to Paul, “[j]In a short time you are going to persuade me to [k]make a (AB)Christian of myself.” 29 And Paul said, “I would [l]wish to God that even [m]in a short or long time not only you, but also all who hear me this day would become such as I myself am, except for these (AC)chains.”

30 (AD)The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them, 31 and when they had gone out, they began talking to one another, saying, “(AE)This man is not doing anything deserving death or [n]imprisonment.” 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been (AF)set free if he had not (AG)appealed to Caesar.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 26:18 Or dominion
  2. Acts 26:23 I.e., Messiah
  3. Acts 26:23 Lit subject to suffering
  4. Acts 26:24 Lit he
  5. Acts 26:24 Lit The many letters; i.e., education
  6. Acts 26:24 Lit turning you to madness
  7. Acts 26:25 Lit words of truth and rationality
  8. Acts 26:26 Or understands
  9. Acts 26:26 I.e., a hidden or secret place
  10. Acts 26:28 Or With a little
  11. Acts 26:28 Or act as a Christian
  12. Acts 26:29 Or pray to
  13. Acts 26:29 Or with a little or with much
  14. Acts 26:31 Lit bonds