Modern Literal Version
[Acts 26]




     {Aug., AD 61. Paul before Agrippa.}



     26:1 Now Agrippa said to Paul, It is permitted for you to speak on behalf of yourself. Then Paul stretched out his hand and was making his defense. 26:2 Concerning all of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I have deemed myself fortunate today, being about to make my defense in front of you; 26:3 especially because you are an expert of all things according to the things of the Jews, both customs and debates. Hence, I beseech of you to hear me patiently.



     26:4 Therefore my lifestyle indeed which happened from my youth up, from the beginning in my own nation and in Jerusalem, all the Jews know this. 26:5 If they are willing to testify, (knowing me beforehand, from the start), that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.26:6 And now I am standing here, being judged against the hope of the promise which came* by God to the fathers; 26:7 to which our twelve tribes, intensely giving-divine service to God night and day, are hoping to achieve of which hope I am accused by the Jews, O king!



     26:8 Why is it judged as unbelievable with youĎ, if God is raising the dead?



     26:9 Therefore I indeed thought in myself, that I ought to do many things adverse to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 26:10 I also did this in Jerusalem, and I locked up many of the holy-ones in prisons, having received authority from the high-priests, and when* they were assassinated, I brought my voting-pebble {i.e. vote} against them. 26:11 And punishing them often throughout all the synagogues, I was urging them to blaspheme, and being exceptionally enraged with them, I was persecuting them, insofar as possible, even to the cities outside our nation.




          {Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.}



     26:12 In which I also traveled to Damascus with the authority and commission from the high-priests. 26:13 On the road in the middle of the day, O king, I saw a light from heaven beyond the brilliance of the sun, having shone around me and those who traveled together with me. 26:14 Now when* all had fallen down to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is harsh for you to kick against the cattle-prods.



     26:15 But I said, Who are you, Lord?



     But the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 26:16But rise* up and stand upon your feet; for* to this end I have appeared to you, to assign you to be an attendant and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which will be seen by you. 26:17I will be liberating you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 26:18to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the authority of the Adversary to God, in order for them to receive forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance among those who have been made holy in faith, the faith in me.



     26:19 Hence, O King Agrippa, I did not become disobedient to the heavenly vision. 26:20 But I wasproclaiming first to them in Damascus, and in Jerusalem, and then to all the region of Judea and to the Gentiles, to repent and to turn to God, practicing works worthy of repentance. 26:21 Because of these things, the Jews took me in the temple and were attempting to exterminate me. 26:22 Therefore, having obtained the assistance which is from God, I am standing to this day, testifying both to thelittle and to the great, saying nothing outside of what both the prophets and Moses said was about to happen. 26:23 If the Christ was ordained to suffer, if the Christ was first from the resurrection of the dead, then he is about to proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.



     26:24 Now he made his defense with these things.



     Festus says with a loud voice, Paul, you are insane; your much scholarship is turning you insane.



     26:25 But Paul says, I am not insane, most-excellent Festus, but I am speaking out the words of truth and self-discipline. 26:26 For* the king knows concerning these things, with whom I am also speaking boldly; for* I am telling: I am persuaded that not any of these things were eluding him; for*this thing has not been done in a corner. 26:27 King Agrippa, Do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.



     26:28 But Agrippa said to Paul, Are you persuading me to become a Christian in few words?



     26:29 But Paul said, I would pray to God, that both in a few words or in many words, not only you, but also all who hear me today, are to become such: what sort of person I am, except-for these bonds.



     26:30 And after Paul said these things, the king and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting together with them stood up; 26:31 and having departed, they were speaking to one another, saying, This man is practicing nothing worthy of death or bonds.



     26:32 But Agrippa said to Festus, This man was able to be released, if he had not appealed to Caesar.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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