GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. So Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself.
2 (1) I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because I shall answer this day before thee of all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews.
(1) To have a skillful judge, is a great and singular gift of God.
3 Chiefly, because thou hast knowledge of all customs, and questions which are among the Jews; wherefore I beseech thee (*) to hear me patiently.
(*) For as much as he best understood the religion, he ought to be more attentive.
4 (2) As touching my life from my childhood, and what it was from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews,
(2) Paul divideth the history of his life into two times; for the first he calleth his adversaries’ witnesses; for the latter, the fathers and prophets.
5 Which (a) knew me heretofore, (b) (if they would testify) that after the (c) most strait (*) sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
(a) What I was, and where, and how I lived.
(b) That my parents were Pharisees.
(c) The sect of the Pharisees was the most exquisite amongst all the sects of the Jews, for it was better than all the rest.
(*) Paul speaketh of this sect according to the people’s estimation who preferred it as most holy above all others; for their doctrine was least corrupt.
6 (3) And now I stand and am accused for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers.
(3) There are three chief and principal witnesses of true doctrine, God, the true Fathers, and the consent of the Church.
7 Whereunto our twelve tribes instantly serving God day and night, hope to come, for the which hope’s sake, O King Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 (4) Why should it be thought a thing incredible unto you, that God should raise again the dead?
(4) He proveth the resurrection of the dead, first by the power of God, then by the resurrection of Christ; whereof he is a sufficient witness.
9 I also verily thought in myself, that I ought to do many contrary things against the Name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 (*) Which thing I also did in Jerusalem; for many of the Saints I shut up in prison, having received authority of the high Priests, and when they were put to death, I (♣) gave my (d) sentence.
(*) Acts 8:3 .
(♣) That is, I approved their cruelty which they used against him.
(d) I consented to, and allowed of their doing; for he was not a judge.
11 And I punished them throughout all the Synagogues, and (e) compelled them to blaspheme; and being more mad against them, I persecuted them, even unto strange cities.
(e) By extreme punishment.
12 At which time, even as I went to (*) Damascus with authority, and commission from the high Priests,
(*) Acts 9:2 .
13 At midday, O King, I saw in the way a light from heaven, passing the brightness of the sun, shine round about me, and them which went with me.
14 So when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, (*) Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against pricks.
(*) Acts 9:4; Acts 22:7 .
15 Then I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
16 But rise and stand up on thy feet; for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose to appoint thee a minister and a witness, both of the things which thou hast seen, and of the things in the which I will appear unto thee,
17 Delivering thee from the (*) people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
(*) Of the Jews.
18 (5) To (*) open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them, which are sanctified by faith in me.
(5) The end of the Gospel is to save them which are brought to the knowledge of Christ, and are justified and sanctified in him being laid hold on by faith.
(*) Although this properly appertaineth unto God, yet he applieth this unto his ministers unto whom he giveth his holy Spirit.
19 (6) Wherefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision,
(6) Paul allegeth God to be author of the office of his Apostleship, and his grace as a witness.
20 (*) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy amendment of life.
(*) Acts 9:22-26; Acts 13:14 .
21 For this cause the Jews caught me in the (*) Temple, and went about to kill me.
(*) Acts 21:30 .
22 (7) Nevertheless, I obtained help of God, and continue unto this day, witnessing both to (f) small and to great, saying none other things, than those which the Prophets and Moses did say should come,
(7) Christ is the end of the Law and the Prophets.
(f) To everyone.
23 To wit, that Christ should (g) suffer, and that he should be the (h) first that should rise from the dead, and should shew (i) light unto this people, and to the Gentiles.
(g) That Christ should not be such a king as the Jews
dreamed of, but one appointed to bear our miseries, and the
punishment of our sins.
(h) The first of them which are raised from the dead.
(i) Life, yea, and that a most blessed life which shall be endless; and this is set against darkness, which almost in all tongues signifieth sometimes death, and sometimes misery and calamity.
24 (8) And as he thus answered for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art besides thyself, much learning doeth make thee mad.
(8) The wisdom of God is madness to fools, yet notwithstanding we must boldly avouch the truth.
25 But he said, I am not mad, O noble Festus, but I speak the words of truth, and soberness.
26 For the King knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak boldly, for I am persuaded that (*) none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a (k) corner.
(*) He knew that the Law and Prophets were of God, but he did not understand the true applying of the same.
(k) Secretly, and privily.
27 (9) O King Agrippa, believest thou the Prophets? I know that thou believest.
(9) Paul as it were forgetting himself that he stood a prisoner to defend his cause, he forgetteth not the office of his Apostleship.
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to become a Christian.
29 Then Paul said, (l) I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me today, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
(l) I would to God that not only almost, but thoroughly and altogether both thou and all that hear me this day, might be made as I am, my bonds only except.
30 (10) And when he had thus spoken, the King rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them.
(10) Paul is solemnly quit, and yet not dismissed.
31 And when they were gone apart, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death, nor of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been loosed, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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