The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 26:24–32

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24  Now as he spoke these things, Festus said with a loud voice, "You are mad, Paul! Your higher learning is driving you to madness!"

24  While he was speaking these things and presenting his defense, Festus said with a loud voice: “Paul, you are insane! Too much studying has turned you to insanity.”

24  And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

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25  But he said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I boldly declare words of truth and reason.

25  But Paul saith, I am not mad, most excellent Festus; but speak forth words of truth and soberness.

25  And Paul said: “I am not insane, most excellent Festus, but rather I am speaking words of truth and sobriety.

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26  For the king knows about these things, to whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things escapes his notice, since this thing was not done in a corner.

26  And King A-gripÆpa is also familiar with these things, and this is why I am speaking openly before him: because I think not one of these words has been hidden from him; for they were not done in secret.

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27  "Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe."

27  King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

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28  And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time, you are persuading me to become a Christian!"

28  Then Agrippa said to Paul, “To some extent, you persuade me to become a Christian.”

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29  And Paul said, "I would pray to God, both in a short time and a long time, not only you, but also all who are hearing me today, would become such as I am, except for these chains."

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30  When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those sitting together with them;

30  And the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them

30  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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31  and when they withdrew, they were speaking among themselves, saying, "This man practices nothing worthy of death or chains."

31  and when they had withdrawn, they spake one to another, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

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32  Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

32  And Agrippa said unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.