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Acts chapter 25

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Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
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Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and sought him,
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And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.
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But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.
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Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
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And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.
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And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
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While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
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But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Will you go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
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Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as you very well know.
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For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.
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Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Have you appealed to Caesar? to Caesar shall you go.
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And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to salute Festus.
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And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause to the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:
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About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.
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To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have license to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
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Therefore, when they were come here, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.
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Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:
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But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
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And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.
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But when Paul had appealed to be reserved to the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.
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Then Agrippa said to Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, you shall hear him.
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And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth.
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And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
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But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself has appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.
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Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Why I have brought him forth before you, and specially before you, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.
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For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not with to signify the crimes laid against him.

Acts chapter 26

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Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
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I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before you touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
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Especially because I know you to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: why I beseech you to hear me patiently.
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My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
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Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most strait sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
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And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, to our fathers:
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To which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
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Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
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I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did 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.
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And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even to strange cities.
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Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
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At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
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And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me? it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.
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And I said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute.
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But rise, and stand on your feet: for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of these things which you have seen, and of those things in the which I will appear to you;
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Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you,
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To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
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Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision:
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But showed first to them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
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For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
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Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
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That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light to the people, and to the Gentiles.
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And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself; much learning does make you mad.
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But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
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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.
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King Agrippa, believe you the prophets? I know that you believe.
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Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.
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And Paul said, I would to God, that not only you, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
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And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
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And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
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Then said Agrippa to Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.