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Acts 26 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Paul’s Defense before Agrippa

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Now Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul extended his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

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“Regarding all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:3 - [fn]especially because you are an expert in all customs and [fn]questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
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“So then, all Jews know my way of life since my youth, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and in Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:5 - since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:6 - “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:7 - the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. For this hope, O king, I am being accused by Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:8 - “Why is it considered incredible among you people if God raises the dead?
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“So I thought to myself that I had to act in strong opposition to the name of Jesus [fn]of Nazareth.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:10 - “And this is [fn]just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the [fn]saints in prisons, after receiving authority from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote against them when they were being put to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:11 - “And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and since I was extremely enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to [fn]foreign cities.
(Act 9:1–19; 22:6–16 )
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[fn]While so engaged, as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:13 - at midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, [fn]brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who were journeying with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:14 - “And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the [fn]Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? [fn]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:15 - “And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:16 - ‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you as a servant and 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:17 - rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:18 - to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the [fn]power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
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“For that reason, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:20 - but continually proclaimed to those in Damascus first, and in Jerusalem, and then all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they are to repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with repentance.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:21 - “For these reasons some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to murder me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:22 - “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,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:23 - as to whether the [fn]Christ was [fn]to suffer, and whether, as first from the resurrection of the dead, He would proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
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While [fn]Paul was stating these things in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! [fn]Your great learning is [fn]driving you insane.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:25 - But Paul *said, “I am not insane, most excellent Festus; on the contrary, I am speaking out with [fn]truthful and rational words.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:26 - “For the king [fn]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 [fn]corner.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:27 - “King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you believe.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:28 - Agrippa replied to Paul, “[fn]In a short time you are going to persuade me to [fn]make a Christian of myself.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:29 - And Paul said, “I would [fn]wish to God that even [fn]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 chains.”
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The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:31 - and when they had gone out, they began talking to one another, saying, “This man is not doing anything deserving death or [fn]imprisonment.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:32 - And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Or because you are especially expert
Or controversial issues
Or the Nazarene
Lit also
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Or outlying
Lit In which things
Lit above the brightness of
I.e., Jewish Aramaic
An idiom referring to an animal’s futile resistance to being prodded with a spiked stick
Or dominion
I.e., Messiah
Lit subject to suffering
Lit he
Lit The many letters; i.e., education
Lit turning you to madness
Lit words of truth and rationality
Or understands
I.e., a hidden or secret place
Or With a little
Or act as a Christian
Or pray to
Or with a little or with much
Lit bonds
See the NASB20 Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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