1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. So Paul stretched
out his hand and answered for himself:
2 I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall give a defense before you
concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews,
3 especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with
the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own
nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know.
5 They knew me from the first, if they were willing to bear witness, that according to the
strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our
7 To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain.
Concerning this hope, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought incredible by you if God raises the dead?
9 Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of
10 This 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 cast my vote
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.
12 While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission
from the chief priests,
13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from Heaven, brighter than the sun,
shining around me and those who journeyed with me.
14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying
in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick
against the goads.
15 So I said, Who are You, Sir? And He said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute.
16 But arise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint 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.
17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I
now send you,
18 to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the authority of
Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those
who are sanctified by faith in Me.
19 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the Heavenly vision,
20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the
region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do
works befitting repentance.
21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.
22 Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to
small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said
would come to be;
23 that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and
would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.
24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside
yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and
26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced
that none of these things are hidden from him, since this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you believe.
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You almost persuade me to become a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today,
might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these bonds.
30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice
and those who sat with them;
31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, This man is
doing nothing deserving of death or bonds.
32 Then Agrippa said to Festus, This man could have been set free if he had not
appealed to Caesar.