24 While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [a]Your great learning is [b]driving you mad.”25 But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words [c]of sober truth.26 For the king [d]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 [e]corner.27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you [f]do.”28 Agrippa replied to Paul, “[g]In a short time you [h]will persuade me to [i]become a Christian.”29 And Paul said, “[j]I would wish to God, that whether [k]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 [l]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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