Acts 26 - Prayer Tents



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Acts 26
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26Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You may speak in your defense." So Paul, gesturing with his hand, started his defense.G1161G67G5346G4314G3972G4671G2010G3004G5228G4572G5119G3972G1614G5495G626 2"I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense today against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders,G2233G1683G3107G935G67G3195G626G4594G1909G4675G4012G3956G3739G1458G5259G2453 3for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently!G3122G1492G4571G5607G1109G5037G3956G1485G2532G2213G2596G2453G1352G1189G4675G191G3450G3116 4"As the Jewish leaders are well aware, I was given a thorough Jewish training from my earliest childhood among my own people and in Jerusalem.G3450G3303G3767G981G1537G3503G3588G1096G575G746G1722G3450G1484G1722G2414G2467G3956G2453 5If they would admit it, they know that I have been a member of the Pharisees, the strictest sect of our religion.G4267G3165G509G1437G2309G3140G3754G2596G196G139G2251G2356G2198G5330 6Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors.G2532G3568G2476G2919G1909G1680G1860G1096G5259G2316G4314G3962 7In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel zealously worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, Your Majesty, they accuse me for having this hope!G1519G3739G2257G1429G1722G1616G3000G2250G2532G3571G1679G2658G4012G3739G1680G935G67G1458G5259G2453 8Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?G5101G2919G571G3844G5213G1487G2316G1453G3498 9"I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene.G1473G3303G3767G1380G1683G1163G4238G4183G1727G4314G3686G2424G3480 10Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death.G3739G4160G2532G4160G1722G2414G2532G4183G40G2623G1473G2623G5438G2983G1849G3844G749G5037G846G337G2702G5586 11Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities.G2532G5097G846G4178G2596G3956G4864G315G987G5037G1693G4057G1693G846G1377G2532G1519G2193G1854G4172 12"One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests.G2532G1722G3739G4198G1519G1154G3326G1849G2532G2011G3844G749 13About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions.G2250G3319G935G1492G2596G3598G5457G3771G5228G2987G2246G4034G3165G2532G4198G4862G1698 14We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, `Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.'G1161G2257G2667G3956G2667G1519G1093G191G5456G2980G4314G3165G2532G3004G1446G1258G4549G4549G5101G1377G3165G4642G4671G2979G4314G2759 15"`Who are you, lord?' I asked." And the Lord replied, `I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.G1161G1473G2036G5101G1488G2962G1161G2036G1473G1510G2424G3739G4771G1377 16Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future.G235G450G2532G2476G1909G4675G4228G1063G3700G4671G1519G5124G4400G4571G5257G2532G3144G5037G3739G1492G5037G3739G3700G4671 17And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the GentilesG1807G4571G1537G2992G2532G1484G1519G3739G3568G649G4571 18to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God's people, who are set apart by faith in me.'G455G846G3788G1994G575G4655G1519G5457G2532G1849G4567G1909G2316G846G2983G859G266G2532G2819G1722G37G4102G1519G1691 19"And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven.G3606G935G67G1096G3756G545G3770G3701 20I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.G235G518G518G4412G1722G1154G2532G2414G5037G1519G3956G5561G2449G2532G1484G3340G2532G1994G1909G2316G4238G2041G514G3341 21Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me.G1752G5130G2453G4815G3165G1722G2411G3987G1315 22But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen—G5177G3767G5177G1947G3844G2316G2476G891G5026G2250G3140G5037G3398G2532G3173G3004G3762G1622G3739G5037G4396G2532G3475G2980G3195G1096 23that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God's light to Jews and Gentiles alike."G1487G5547G3805G1487G4413G386G1537G3498G3195G2605G5457G2992G2532G1484 24Suddenly, Festus shouted, "Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!"G1161G846G5023G626G5347G5346G3173G5456G3972G3105G4183G1121G4062G4571G1519G3130 25But Paul replied, "I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth.G1161G5346G3105G3756G3105G2903G5347G235G669G4487G225G2532G4997 26And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner!G1063G935G1987G4012G5130G4314G3739G2532G2980G3955G1063G3982G3756G5100G3762G5130G2990G846G1063G5124G2076G3756G4238G1722G1137 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do?"G935G67G4100G4396G1492G3754G4100 28Agrippa interrupted him. "Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?"G1161G67G5346G4314G3972G1722G3641G3982G3165G1096G5546 29Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains."G1161G3972G2036G302G2172G2316G3756G3440G4571G235G2532G3956G191G3450G4594G1096G2532G1722G3641G2532G1722G4183G5108G3697G2504G1510G3924G5130G1199 30Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others stood and left.G2532G846G2036G5023G2036G935G450G2532G2232G5037G959G2532G4775G846 31As they went out, they talked it over and agreed, "This man hasn't done anything to deserve death or imprisonment."G2532G402G2980G4314G240G3004G3754G3778G444G4238G3762G514G2288G2228G1199 32And Agrippa said to Festus, "He could have been set free if he hadn't appealed to Caesar."G1161G5346G67G5347G3778G444G1410G630G1508G1941G1508G1941G2541


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