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Acts 25:1
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Festus then, having arrived in (a)the province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from (b)Caesarea.
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Acts 25:2
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And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews (c)brought charges against Paul, and they were urging him,
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Acts 25:3
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requesting a [a]concession against [b]Paul, that he might [c]have him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, (d)setting an ambush to kill him on the way).
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Acts 25:4
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Festus then (e)answered that Paul (f)was being kept in custody at (g)Caesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly.
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Acts 25:5
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"Therefore," he *said, "let the influential men among you [d]go there with me, and if there is anything wrong [e]about the man, let them [f]prosecute him."
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Acts 25:6
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After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to (h)Caesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on (i)the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
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Acts 25:7
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After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing (j)many and serious charges against him (k)which they could not prove,
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Acts 25:8
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while Paul said in his own defense, "(l)I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."
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Acts 25:9
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But Festus, (m)wishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "(n)Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and [g]stand trial before me on these charges?"
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Acts 25:10
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But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's (o)tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know.
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Acts 25:11
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If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I (p)appeal to Caesar."
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Acts 25:12
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Then when Festus had conferred with [h]his council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go."
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Acts 25:13
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Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at (q)Caesarea [i]and paid their respects to Festus.
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Acts 25:14
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While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man who was (r)left as a prisoner by Felix;
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Acts 25:15
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and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews (s)brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him.
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Acts 25:16
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I (t)answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before (u)the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges.
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Acts 25:17
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So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on (v)the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me.
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Acts 25:18
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When the accusers stood up, they began bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting,
Acts 25:19
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but they simply had some (w)points of disagreement with him about their own [j](x)religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive.
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Acts 25:20
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(y)Being at a loss how to investigate [k]such matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters.
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Acts 25:21
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But when Paul (z)appealed to be held in custody for [l]the Emperor's decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar."
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Acts 25:22
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Then (aa)Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he *said, "you shall hear him."
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Acts 25:23
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So, on the next day when (ab)Agrippa came [m]together with (ac)Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium [n]accompanied by the [o]commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
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Acts 25:24
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Festus *said, "King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom (ad)all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that (ae)he ought not to live any longer.
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Acts 25:25
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But I found that he had committed (af)nothing worthy of death; and since he himself (ag)appealed to [p]the Emperor, I decided to send him.
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Acts 25:26
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[q]Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.
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Acts 25:27
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For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him."
Acts 26:1
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(a)Agrippa said to Paul, "You are permitted to speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:
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Acts 26:2
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"In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today;
Acts 26:3
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[a]especially because you are an expert in all (b)customs and [b]questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.
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Acts 26:4
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"So then, all Jews know (c)my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem;
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Acts 26:5
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since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a (d)Pharisee (e)according to the strictest (f)sect of our religion.
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Acts 26:6
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And now I am [c]standing trial (g)for the hope of (h)the promise made by God to our fathers;
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Acts 26:7
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the promise (i)to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this (j)hope, O King, I am being (k)accused by Jews.
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Acts 26:8
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Why is it considered incredible among you people (l)if God does raise the dead?
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Acts 26:9
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"So then, (m)I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to (n)the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Acts 26:10
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And this is [d]just what I (o)did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the [e]saints in prisons, having (p)received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I (q)cast my vote against them.
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Acts 26:11
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And (r)as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being (s)furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them (t)even to [f]foreign cities.
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Acts 26:12
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"[g]While so engaged (u)as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests,
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Acts 26:13
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at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, [h]brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me.
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Acts 26:14
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And when we had (v)all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the [i](w)Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? [j]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
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Acts 26:15
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And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?' And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
Acts 26:16
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But get up and (x)stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to (y)appoint you a (z)minister and (aa)a witness not only to the things which you have [k]seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;
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Acts 26:17
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(ab)rescuing you (ac)from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
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Acts 26:18
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to (ad)open their eyes so that they may turn from (ae)darkness to light and from the dominion of (af)Satan to God, that they may receive (ag)forgiveness of sins and an (ah)inheritance among those who have been sanctified by (ai)faith in Me.'
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Acts 26:19
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"So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,
Acts 26:20
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but kept declaring both (aj)to those of Damascus first, and also (ak)at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even (al)to the Gentiles, that they should (am)repent and turn to God, performing deeds (an)appropriate to repentance.
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Acts 26:21
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For this reason some Jews (ao)seized me in the temple and tried (ap)to put me to death.
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Acts 26:22
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So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day (aq)testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what (ar)the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;
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Acts 26:23
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[l](as)that [m]the Christ was [n]to suffer, and [o]that (at)by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim (au)light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."
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Acts 26:24
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While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind! [p]Your great (av)learning is [q]driving you mad."
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Acts 26:25
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But Paul *said, "I am not out of my mind, (aw)most excellent Festus, but I utter words [r]of sober truth.
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Acts 26:26
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For the king [s](ax)knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a [t]corner.
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Acts 26:27
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King Agrippa, do you believe the Prophets? I know that you [u]do."
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Acts 26:28
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Agrippa replied to Paul, "[v]In a short time you [w]will persuade me to [x]become a (ay)Christian."
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Acts 26:29
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And Paul said, "[y]I would wish to God, that whether [z]in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these (az)chains."
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Acts 26:30
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(ba)The king stood up and the governor and Bernice, and those who were sitting with them,
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Acts 26:31
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and when they had gone aside, they began talking to one another, saying, "(bb)This man is not doing anything worthy of death or [aa]imprisonment."
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Acts 26:32
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And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been (bc)set free if he had not (bd)appealed to Caesar."
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