16 But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have [a]seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and alsoat Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and evento the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.21 For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death.22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;23 [b]that [c]the Christ was [d]to suffer, and[e]that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [f]Your great learning is [g]driving you mad.”25 But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words [h]of sober truth.26 For the king [i]knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a [j]corner.27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you [k]do.”28 Agrippa replied to Paul, “[l]In a short time you [m]will persuade me to [n]become a Christian.”29 And Paul said, “[o]I would wish to God, that whether [p]in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these chains.”
30 The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,31 and when they had gone aside, they began talking to one another, saying, “This man is not doing anything worthy of death or [q]imprisonment.”32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
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