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Acts 26:1 Acts 28:25

1 And Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his adefense:

2 Concerning all the things which I am aaccused of by the Jews, bKing Agrippa, I consider myself blessed that I am to make my 1defense before you today,

3 1Especially since you are 2familiar with all the acustoms and bquestions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.

4 The manner of my life from youth, which from the beginning was among my own anation and in Jerusalem, all the Jews know,

5 Since they have previously known about me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the astrictest bsect of our 1religion I lived as a cPharisee.

6 And now I stand here being judged for the ahope of the promise made by God to our fathers,

7 To which our atwelve tribes, earnestly serving bnight and day, hope to attain. Concerning this hope I am caccused by the Jews, O king.

8 Why is it judged incredible among you if God araises the dead?

9 Well then, I thought to myself that I ought to do many things acontrary to the name of Jesus the bNazarene,

10 Which also I did in Jerusalem; and I both shut up many of the saints in aprison when I had received bauthority from the chief priests and ccast a vote against them when they were being done away with.

11 And in all the asynagogues I punished them often and tried to compel them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged at them, I bpersecuted them even as far as 1foreign cities.

12 Engaged in these things, I ajourneyed to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief priests.

13 At midday, on the way, I saw, O king, a light from heaven beyond the brightness of the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.

14 And when we all fell to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the aHebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting 1Me? It is hard for you to kick against the 2goads.

15 And I said, Who are You, 1Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute.

16 But rise up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to aappoint you as a minister and a 1bwitness both of the things in which you have cseen Me and of the things in which I will appear to you;

17 Delivering you afrom the people and from the bGentiles, to whom I send you,

18 To 1open their aeyes, to turn them from 2bdarkness to clight and from the 3authority of Satan 4to God, that they may receive 5dforgiveness of sins and 6an einheritance among those who have been 7sanctified by faith in Me.

19 Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly 1vision,

20 But declared both to those in aDamascus first and in bJerusalem and throughout call the country of Judea and to the dGentiles that they should erepent and fturn to God, doing works gworthy of repentance.

21 Because of these things certain Jews aseized me while I was in the temple and tried to slay me.

22 Having therefore obtained the 1ahelp which is from God, I have bstood unto this day, ctestifying both to small and great, saying nothing apart from the things which both the dprophets and eMoses have said would take place,

23 That the Christ would asuffer and that He, being the first 1to brise from the dead, would announce 2clight both to the people and to the Gentiles.

24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, You are 1ainsane, Paul. Much learning is driving you 1insane.

25 But Paul said, I am not insane, most aexcellent bFestus, but I am uttering words of ctruth and dsoberness.

26 For the king 1knows about these things, to whom also I speak 2freely, for I am persuaded that none of these things have escaped his notice; for this has not been done in a corner.

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

28 And Agrippa replied to Paul, By so little are you trying to persuade me to become a aChristian?

29 And Paul said, I would to God that both by little and by much, not only you, but also all those who hear me today might become even such aas I am, except for these bbonds.


30 And the king rose up, and the agovernor and bBernice and cthose sitting with them;

31 And when they had withdrawn, they spoke to one another, saying, This man is doing nothing aworthy of death or of bonds.

32 And aAgrippa said to Festus, 1This man could have been breleased, had he 2not cappealed to Caesar.


CHAPTER 27

1 And when it was decided that 1we should sail to aItaly, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion named Julius of the 2Augustan 3cohort.

2 And going on board an Adramyttian ship which was about to sail to places along the coast of Asia, we 1put out to sea, aAristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3 And on the next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, treating Paul akindly, allowed him to go to his friends to receive care.

4 And from there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of Cyprus because the winds were contrary.

5 And having sailed across the open sea which lies off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came down to Myra of Lycia.

6 And there the centurion found an aAlexandrian ship sailing for Italy, and he put us onto it.

7 And when we had sailed slowly for a considerable number of days and came with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to go on, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, off Salmone.

8 And coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

9 And when considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, and also because the 1Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them,

10 Saying to them, 1Men, I perceive that the voyage is to be with damage and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.

11 But the centurion was persuaded by the navigator and the ship's aowner rather than by the things that were being said by Paul.

12 And as the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority gave counsel to put out to sea from there, if somehow they might be able to reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete 1facing northeast and southeast, and spend the winter there.


13 And when a south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete close inshore.

14 But not long afterward there beat down from 1the island a hurricane awind called 2Euraquilo.

15 And when the ship was caught by it and was not able to face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.

16 And running under the shelter of a certain little island called Clauda, we were hardly able to 1get control of the asmall boat.

17 And when they had hoisted it up, they 1used supports to undergird the ship. And because they afeared that they might run aground on 2Syrtis, they 3lowered the gear and so were driven along.

18 The next day, as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to ajettison the cargo;

19 And on the third day they threw the ship's 1gear overboard, even with their own hands.

20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and while no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope that we might be saved was being abandoned.

21 And when they had been a long time without food, Paul then stood in their midst and said, O 1men, you 2should have listened to me and not set sail from Crete and gained this damage and loss.

22 And now I advise you to acheer up, for there will be bno loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

23 For this very anight an bangel of the God whose I cam and whom I 1dserve estood by me,

24 Saying, Do anot fear, Paul; you must 1stand before Caesar. And behold, God has bgranted you all those who are sailing with you.

25 Therefore, acheer up, 1men, for I bbelieve God that it shall be so, even in the way in which it has been cspoken to me.

26 But we must run aaground on a certain bisland.


27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about the middle of the night the sailors suspected that some land was approaching them.

28 And they 1took soundings and found it to be twenty 2fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they sounded again and found it to be fifteen 2fathoms.

29 And afearing that we might run baground somewhere on 1rocky places, they threw four anchors from the stern and wished for day to come.

30 And when the sailors sought to flee from the ship, having lowered the asmall boat into the sea under pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,

31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these men remain in the ship, you cannot be saved.

32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the small boat and let it fall away.

33 And until day was about to come, Paul encouraged them all to take some food, saying, Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued watching without food, taking nothing.

34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your salvation; for not a ahair from the head of any one of you shall perish.

35 And when he had said these things and had taken bread, he gave athanks to God before all; and he broke it and began to beat.

36 And all became acheerful, and they also took food.

37 Now we were in all two hundred and seventy-six souls in the ship.

38 And when they were satisfied with food, they began to lighten the ship, athrowing out the wheat into the sea.

39 And when day came, they could not recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay, which had a beach, into which they took counsel to drive the ship, if they were able.

40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the bands of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the blowing of the wind, they held course for the beach.

41 But striking a sandbar with the sea on both sides, they ran the vessel aground; and the bow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was abroken up by the violence of the waves.

42 And the counsel of the soldiers was that they should akill the prisoners, lest anyone swim away and escape;

43 But the centurion, 1intending to bring Paul safely through, prevented them from their intention and ordered those who were able to swim to throw themselves overboard first and get to the land,

44 And the rest to follow, some on planks, and others on some of the things from the ship. And so it happened that all were brought asafely through onto the land.


CHAPTER 28

1 And having been brought safely through, we recognized then that the aisland was called 1Malta.

2 And the 1natives showed us uncommon akindness, for they kindled a fire and took us all in because of the rain coming on and because of the cold.

3 But when Paul had collected a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a aviper came out because of the heat and fastened onto his hand.

4 And when the natives saw the 1snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, whom, though he has been brought safely out of the sea, 2Justice has not allowed to live.

5 However he shook off the asnake into the fire and suffered no harm;

6 And they expected that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited for a long time and beheld nothing unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a 1agod.

7 Now in the vicinity of that place were the lands of the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and gave us hospitality three days in a afriendly way.

8 And the father of Publius was lying down sick with afever and dysentery. Paul went in to him, and having bprayed and claid his hands on him, healed him.

9 And when this happened, the rest also in the island who had sicknesses came to him and were 1healed.

10 They also honored us with many honors; and as we put out to sea, they put on board the things for our needs.


11 And after it had been three months, we put out to sea in an aAlexandrian ship which had wintered in the island, with the 1twin sons of bZeus for its figurehead.

12 And having landed at Syracuse, we remained three days.

13 From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind came on, and the second day we came to Puteoli,

14 Where, having found abrothers, we were urged to remain with them seven days. And thus we came to Rome.

15 And from 1there the 2brothers, having heard about the things concerning us, came as far as the 3Market of Appius and 4Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and 5took courage.

16 And when we entered into Rome, Paul was permitted to remain by himself with the soldier who was aguarding him.


17 And after three days he called together those who were the leading men of the Jews; and when they came together, he said to them, 1Men, brothers, though I have done anothing against the people or the bcustoms of our fathers, I have been delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,

18 Who, having examined me, intended to arelease me, because there was not one bcause of death in me.

19 But when the Jews spoke against this, I was compelled to aappeal to Caesar, not that I have anything to accuse my bnation of.

20 For this cause therefore, I have entreated you to see me and speak with me; for on account of the ahope of Israel I have this bchain around me.

21 And they said to him, We have neither received aletters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brothers come and reported or spoken anything evil concerning you.

22 But we think it is fitting to hear from you what you think, for concerning this asect it is indeed known to us that it is bspoken against everywhere.


23 And once they had appointed a day for him, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he aexpounded these matters, solemnly btestifying of the 1ckingdom of God and dpersuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of eMoses and the fProphets, from morning until evening.

24 And asome were persuaded by the things which were said, but others did not believe.

25 And when they disagreed with one another, they departed, Paul saying one word to them, Well has the Holy Spirit spoken through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,