26:1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
26:2 I think myself blessed, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before you, concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews: Acts
26:3 Especially, because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: therefore I pray you to hear me patiently.
26:4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know, Acts
26:5 Who knew me from the beginning (if they would testify), that after the strictest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee. Acts
26:6 And now I stand, and am judged for the hope of the promise made by Elohim to our fathers: Acts
26:7 To which promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving Elohim day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Acts
26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you*, that Elohim should raise the dead?
26:9 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of YASHUWAH of Nazareth. Acts
26:10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. Acts
26:11 And I punished them often in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
26:12 Upon which as I went to Damascus, with authority and commission from the chief priests, Acts
26:13 At mid-day, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, surpassing the brightness of the sun, shining around me, and those who journeyed with me. Acts
26:14 And when we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads. Acts
26:15 And I said, Who are you, Master? And he said, I am YASHUWAH whom you persecute. Acts
26:16 But rise, and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose: to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things in which I will appear to you; Acts
26:17 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you, Acts
26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to Elohim, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in me.
26:19 Upon which O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. Acts
26:20 But showed first to those of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to Elohim, and do works suitable for repentance. Acts
26:21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Acts
26:22 Having therefore obtained help from Elohim, I continue to this day, testifying both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said should come: Acts
26:23 That the Messiah should suffer, and that he should be the first to rise from the dead, and should show light to the people, and to the Gentiles.
26:24 And as he was thus speaking for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself; excessive learning makes you insane. Acts
26:25 But he said, I am not insane, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and good sense. Acts
26:26 For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. Acts
26:27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe. Acts
26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Messianic. Acts
26:29 And Paul said, I wish to Elohim, that not only you, but also all who hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
26:30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose, and the governor, Bernice, and those who sat with them: Acts
26:31 And when they had gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man does nothing worthy of death, or of bonds. Acts
26:32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, This man might have been set free, if he had not appealed to Cesar.