26 So Agrippa 1 said to Paul, “You have permission 2 to speak for yourself.” Then Paul held out his hand 3 and began his defense: 4
2 “Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 5 I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 3 because you are especially 6 familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 7 of the Jews. Therefore I ask 8 you to listen to me patiently. 4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 9 from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 10 and in Jerusalem. 11 5 They know, 12 because they have known 13 me from time past, 14 if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 15 of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 16 6 And now I stand here on trial 17 because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 18 7 a promise 19 that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 20 night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 21 Your Majesty! 22 8 Why do you people 23 think 24 it is unbelievable 25 that 26 God raises the dead? 9 Of course, 27 I myself was convinced 28 that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons by the authority I received 29 from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 30 against them when they were sentenced to death. 31 11 I punished 32 them often in all the synagogues 33 and tried to force 34 them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 35 at them, I went to persecute 36 them even in foreign cities.
12 “While doing this very thing, 37 as I was going 38 to Damascus with authority and complete power 39 from the chief priests, 13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 40 I saw a light from heaven, 41 brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 42 me and those traveling with me. 14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 43 ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 44 by kicking against the goads.’ 45 15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 46 ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance 47 as a servant and witness 48 to the things 49 you have seen 50 and to the things in which I will appear to you. 17 I will rescue 51 you from your own people 52 and from the Gentiles, to whom 53 I am sending you 18 to open their eyes so that they turn 54 from darkness to light and from the power 55 of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 56 among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, 57 I was not disobedient 58 to the heavenly 59 vision, 20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 60 and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 61 performing deeds consistent with 62 repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 63 and were trying to kill me. 22 I have experienced 64 help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 65 what the prophets and Moses said 66 was going to happen: 23 that 67 the Christ 68 was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 69 and to the Gentiles.” 70
24 As Paul 71 was saying these things in his defense, Festus 72 exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 73 Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” 25 But Paul replied, 74 “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 75 but am speaking 76 true and rational 77 words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 78 to him, 79 because I cannot believe 80 that any of these things has escaped his notice, 81 for this was not done in a corner. 82 27 Do you believe the prophets, 83 King Agrippa? 84 I know that you believe.” 28 Agrippa 85 said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” 86 29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 87 not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 88
30 So the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, 31 and as they were leaving they said to one another, 89 “This man is not doing anything deserving 90 death or imprisonment.” 32 Agrippa 91 said to Festus, 92 “This man could have been released 93 if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 94
27 When it was decided we 1 would sail to Italy, 2 they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 3 of the Augustan Cohort 4 named Julius. 2 We went on board 5 a ship from Adramyttium 6 that was about to sail to various ports 7 along the coast of the province of Asia 8 and put out to sea, 9 accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 10 from Thessalonica. 11 3 The next day we put in 12 at Sidon, 13 and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 14 allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 15 4 From there we put out to sea 16 and sailed under the lee 17 of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 After we had sailed across the open sea 18 off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 19 we put in 20 at Myra 21 in Lycia. 22 6 There the centurion 23 found 24 a ship from Alexandria 25 sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 7 We sailed slowly 26 for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 27 Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 28 we sailed under the lee 29 of Crete off Salmone. 30 8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 31 of Crete 32 and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 33
9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 34 because the fast 35 was already over, 36 Paul advised them, 37 10 “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 38 in disaster 39 and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 40 11 But the centurion 41 was more convinced 42 by the captain 43 and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 44 12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 45 to put out to sea 46 from there. They hoped that 47 somehow they could reach 48 Phoenix, 49 a harbor of Crete facing 50 southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 51 they could carry out 52 their purpose, so they weighed anchor 53 and sailed close along the coast 54 of Crete. 14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 55 wind called the northeaster 56 blew down from the island. 57 15 When the ship was caught in it 58 and could not head into 59 the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 60 along. 16 As we ran under the lee of 61 a small island called Cauda, 62 we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 63 under control. 17 After the crew 64 had hoisted it aboard, 65 they used supports 66 to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 67 on the Syrtis, 68 they lowered the sea anchor, 69 thus letting themselves be driven along. 18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 70 they began throwing the cargo overboard, 71 19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 72 overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 73 storm continued to batter us, 74 we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 75
21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 76 Paul 77 stood up 78 among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 79 and not put out to sea 80 from Crete, thus avoiding 81 this damage and loss. 22 And now I advise 82 you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 83 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 84 and whom I serve 85 came to me 86 24 and said, 87 ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 88 Caesar, 89 and God has graciously granted you the safety 90 of all who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 91 that it will be just as I have been told. 26 But we must 92 run aground on some island.”
27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 93 across the Adriatic Sea, 94 about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 95 28 They took soundings 96 and found the water was twenty fathoms 97 deep; when they had sailed a little farther 98 they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 99 deep. 29 Because they were afraid 100 that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 101 they threw out 102 four anchors from the stern and wished 103 for day to appear. 104 30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 105 that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion 106 and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 107 cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 108 of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 109
33 As day was about to dawn, 110 Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 111 and have gone 112 without food; you have eaten nothing. 113 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 114 for your survival. 115 For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, Paul 116 took bread 117 and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 118 broke 119 it, and began to eat. 36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 120 persons on the ship.) 121 38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 122 they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 123 into the sea.
39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 124 a bay 125 with a beach, 126 where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 So they slipped 127 the anchors 128 and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 129 that bound the steering oars 130 together. Then they hoisted 131 the foresail 132 to the wind and steered toward 133 the beach. 41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 134 and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 135 of the waves. 42 Now the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners 136 so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 137 43 But the centurion, 138 wanting to save Paul’s life, 139 prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 140 44 and the rest were to follow, 141 some on planks 142 and some on pieces of the ship. 143 And in this way 144 all were brought safely to land.
28 After we had safely reached shore, 1 we learned that the island was called Malta. 2 2 The local inhabitants 3 showed us extraordinary 4 kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 5 and was cold. 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 6 and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the local people 7 saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 8 hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 9 has not allowed him to live!” 10 5 However, 11 Paul 12 shook 13 the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 14 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 15 a long time and had seen 16 nothing unusual happen 17 to him, they changed their minds 18 and said he was a god. 19
7 Now in the region around that place 20 were fields belonging to the chief official 21 of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 8 The father 22 of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 23 and after praying, placed 24 his hands on him and healed 25 him. 9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 26 also came and were healed. 27 10 They also bestowed many honors, 28 and when we were preparing to sail, 29 they gave 30 us all the supplies we needed. 31
11 After three months we put out to sea 32 in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins” 33 as its figurehead. 34 12 We put in 35 at Syracuse 36 and stayed there three days. 13 From there we cast off 37 and arrived at Rhegium, 38 and after one day a south wind sprang up 39 and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 40 14 There 41 we found 42 some brothers 43 and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 44 15 The brothers from there, 45 when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 46 and Three Taverns 47 to meet us. When he saw them, 48 Paul thanked God and took courage. 16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 49 by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17 After three days 50 Paul 51 called the local Jewish leaders 52 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 53 although I had done 54 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 55 from Jerusalem 56 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 57 18 When 58 they had heard my case, 59 they wanted to release me, 60 because there was no basis for a death sentence 61 against me. 19 But when the Jews objected, 62 I was forced to appeal to Caesar 63 – not that I had some charge to bring 64 against my own people. 65 20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 66 21 They replied, 67 “We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 68 and reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 69 that people 70 everywhere speak against 71 it.”
23 They set 72 a day to meet with him, 73 and they came to him where he was staying 74 in even greater numbers. 75 From morning until evening he explained things 76 to them, 77 testifying 78 about the kingdom of God 79 and trying to convince 80 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 24 Some were convinced 81 by what he said, 82 but others refused 83 to believe. 25 So they began to leave, 84 unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 85 through the prophet Isaiah 26 when he said,
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, 86 but will never understand,
and you will keep on looking, 87 but will never perceive.
27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 88
and their ears are hard of hearing, 89
and they have closed their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, 90 and I would heal them.”’ 91
28 “Therefore be advised 92 that this salvation from God 93 has been sent to the Gentiles; 94 they 95 will listen!” 29 [[EMPTY]] 96
30 Paul 97 lived 98 there two whole years in his own rented quarters 99 and welcomed 100 all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 101 with complete boldness 102 and without restriction. 103