New International Version

Acts 26

1Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”

So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: “King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

“The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sect of our religion, living as a Pharisee. And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me. Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?

“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”

24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

25 “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

30 The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31 After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”

32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Footnotes

  1. Acts 26:14 Or Hebrew

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

使徒行传 26

保罗在亚基帕王面前申辩

1亚基帕对保罗说:“准你为自己辩护。”于是保罗伸手示意,然后为自己辩护说: “亚基帕王啊,面对犹太人对我的种种控告,我今天很荣幸可以在你面前申辩, 尤其是你对犹太习俗和各种争议都十分熟悉。因此,求你耐心听我说。

“我从小在本族和耶路撒冷为人如何,犹太人都知道。 他们认识我很久了,如果他们肯作证的话,他们可以证明我从小就属于犹太教中最严格的法利赛派。 现在我站在这里受审,是因为我盼望上帝给我们祖先的应许。 我们十二支派日夜虔诚地事奉上帝,盼望这应许能够实现。王啊!就是因为我有这样的盼望,才被犹太人控告。 上帝叫死人复活,你们为什么认为不可信呢? 我自己也曾经认为应该尽一切可能反对拿撒勒人耶稣。 10 我在耶路撒冷就是这样做的。我得到祭司长的授权,把许多圣徒[a]关进监狱。他们被判死刑,我也表示赞同。 11 我多次在各会堂惩罚他们,逼他们说亵渎的话,我对他们深恶痛绝,甚至到国外的城镇去追捕、迫害他们。

保罗信主的经过

12 “那时,我带着祭司长的授权和委托去大马士革。 13 王啊!大约中午时分,我在路上看见一道比太阳还亮的光从天上照在我和同行的人周围。 14 我们都倒在地上,我听见有声音用希伯来话对我说,‘扫罗!扫罗!你为什么迫害我?你很难用脚去踢刺。’ 15 我说,‘主啊,你是谁?’主说,‘我就是你所迫害的耶稣。 16 你站起来。我向你显现,是要派你做我的仆人和见证人,把你所看见的和以后我将启示给你的事告诉世人。 17 我将把你从你的同胞和外族人手中救出来。我差遣你到他们那里, 18 去开他们的眼睛,使他们弃暗投明,脱离魔鬼的权势,归向上帝,好叫他们的罪得到赦免,与所有因信我而圣洁的人同得基业。’

保罗放胆传道

19 “亚基帕王啊!我没有违背这从天上来的异象。 20 我先在大马士革,然后到耶路撒冷、犹太全境和外族人当中劝人悔改归向上帝,行事为人要与悔改的心相称。 21 就因为这些事,犹太人在圣殿中抓住我,打算杀我。 22 然而,我靠着上帝的帮助,到今天还能站在这里向所有尊卑老幼做见证。我讲的不外乎众先知和摩西说过要发生的事, 23 就是基督必须受害,并首先从死里复活,将光明带给犹太人和外族人。”

24 这时,非斯都打断保罗的申辩,大声说:“保罗,你疯了!一定是你的学问太大,使你神经错乱了!”

25 保罗说:“非斯都大人,我没有疯。我讲的话真实、合理。 26 王了解这些事,所以我才敢在王面前直言。我相信这些事没有一件瞒得过王,因为这些事并非暗地里做的。 27 亚基帕王啊,你信先知吗?我知道你信。”

28 亚基帕王对保罗说:“难道你想三言两语就说服我成为基督徒吗?”

29 保罗说:“不论话多话少,我求上帝不仅使你,也使今天在座的各位都能像我一样,只是不要像我这样带着锁链。”

30 亚基帕王、总督、百妮姬及其他在座的人都站起来, 31 走到一边商量说:“这人没有做什么该判死刑或监禁的事。” 32 亚基帕王对非斯都说:“这人要是没有向凯撒上诉,已经可以获释了。”

Footnotes

  1. 26:10 保罗在这里指的是信耶稣的基督徒。