1Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”
So Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: 2“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, 3and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.
4“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. 5They 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. 6And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. 7This 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. 8Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
9“I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10And 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. 11Many 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. 13About 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. 14We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,26:14 Or Hebrew ‘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. 17I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18to 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. 20First 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. 21That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22But 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— 23that 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.”
24At 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. 26The 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. 27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29Paul 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.”
30The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them. 31After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”
32Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
126:1 Atũm 9:15; Atũm 12:17Nake Agiripa akĩĩra Paũlũ atĩrĩ, “Ũrĩ na rũũtha rwa kwĩyarĩrĩria.”
Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Paũlũ agĩtambũrũkia guoko, akĩambĩrĩria kwĩyarĩrĩria, akiuga atĩrĩ, 2“Mũthamaki Agiripa, nĩngũigua ndĩ mũtĩĩku kũrũgama mbere yaku ũmũthĩ ndĩyarĩrĩrie igũrũ rĩa maũndũ mothe marĩa thitangĩirwo nĩ Ayahudi, 326:3 Atũm 26:7; Atũm 25:19na makĩria nĩ tondũ wee nĩũũĩ mĩtugo yothe ya Ayahudi na maũndũ marĩa makararanagĩria. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio nĩndakũhooya ũũthikĩrĩrie ũtegũthethũka.
426:4 Agal 1:13, 14“Ayahudi othe nĩmooĩ ũrĩa ndũũrĩte kuuma ndĩ mwana, kuuma kĩambĩrĩria kĩa mũtũũrĩre wakwa ndĩ bũrũri-inĩ wakwa kĩũmbe, o na ndĩ Jerusalemu. 526:5 Atũm 22:3; Atũm 23:6Nĩmanjũũĩ hĩndĩ ndaaya, na mangĩenda, no maheane ũira wakwa, atĩ kũringana na watho ndaatũũrĩte ndĩ Mũfarisai, ndĩĩrutanĩirie na kĩyo kũrũmia maũndũ mothe ma ndini iitũ. 626:6 Atũm 23:6; Atũm 13:32Na rĩrĩ, ndũgamĩte haha ũmũthĩ njiirithio nĩ ũndũ wa kwĩrĩgĩrĩra kĩĩranĩro kĩrĩa Ngai eerĩire maithe maitũ. 726:7 Jak 1:1; 1Athe 3:10Kĩĩranĩro kĩu no kĩo mĩhĩrĩga ĩrĩa iitũ ikũmi na ĩĩrĩ ĩĩrĩgagĩrĩra kuona gĩkĩhingio, rĩrĩa ĩtungatagĩra Ngai na kĩyo ũtukũ na mũthenya. Na rĩrĩ, wee Mũthamaki, Ayahudi maathitangĩte nĩ ũndũ wa kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro kĩu. 8Nĩ kĩĩ kĩngĩtũma mũndũ o na ũrĩkũ wanyu atue atĩ nĩ ũndũ ũtangĩĩtĩkio, atĩ Ngai nĩariũkagia arĩa akuũ?
926:9 1Tim 1:13; Joh 16:2“O na niĩ nĩndaiguithĩtio atĩ nĩndagĩrĩirwo nĩ gwĩka ũrĩa wothe ingĩahotire ndegane na rĩĩtwa rĩa Jesũ wa Nazarethi. 1026:10 Atũm 8:3; Atũm 22:20Na ũguo nĩguo ndeekire kũu Jerusalemu. Ngĩikia andũ aingĩ a arĩa aamũre njeera, heetwo rũũtha nĩ athĩnjĩri-Ngai arĩa anene, na rĩrĩa andũ acio mooragagwo, nĩndetĩkanagia na ituĩro rĩu. 11Mahinda maingĩ nĩndathiiaga kuuma thunagogi-inĩ ĩmwe nginya ĩrĩa ĩngĩ nĩgeetha ndĩmaneane maherithio, na ngageria kũmahatĩrĩria marume Ngai. Na tondũ wa ũrĩa ndaamarakarĩire mũno nĩndathiiaga kũmanyariira o na matũũra-inĩ marĩa manene ma kũngĩ.
12“Hĩndĩ ĩmwe ndĩ rũgendo-inĩ ta rũu-rĩ, ndaathiiaga Dameski heetwo ũhoti na ngatũmwo nĩ athĩnjĩri-Ngai arĩa anene. 13Kũrĩ thaa thita cia mũthenya, wee Mũthamaki, ndĩ njĩra-inĩ ngĩona ũtheri mũnene woimĩte igũrũ ũkengete gũkĩra riũa, ũkĩnjarĩra mĩena yothe, niĩ na andũ arĩa twarĩ nao. 14Ithuothe tũkĩgũa thĩ, na niĩ ngĩigua mũgambo ũkĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ na rwario rwa Kĩhibirania, ‘Saũlũ, Saũlũ, ũũnyariiraga nĩkĩ? Nĩ ũndũ ũrĩ hinya harĩwe kũhũũra mĩcengi na haati.’
15“Na niĩ hĩndĩ ĩyo ngĩũria atĩrĩ, ‘Wee nĩwe ũ, Mwathani?’
“Nake Mwathani akĩnjookeria atĩrĩ, ‘Nĩ niĩ Jesũ ũrĩa ũnyariiraga. 1626:16 Ezek 2:1; Atũm 22:14-15Rĩu ũkĩra ũrũgame na magũrũ maku. Ndaakuumĩrĩra ngwamũre ũtuĩke ndungata na ũtuĩke mũira wa maũndũ marĩa wonete mangoniĩ na marĩa ngũkuonia. 1726:17 Jer 1:8, 19; Atũm 9:15Nĩngũkũhonokia kuuma kũrĩ andũ anyu na kuuma kũrĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ arĩa ndĩragũtũma kũrĩ o, 1826:18 Isa 42:7, 16ũkamahingũre maitho, na ũmagarũre moime nduma-inĩ mathiĩ ũtheri-inĩ, na ũmarute hinya-inĩ wa Shaitani ũmatware kũrĩ Ngai, nĩgeetha maamũkĩre ũrekanĩri wa mehia, na magĩe na handũ gatagatĩ-inĩ ka andũ arĩa matheretio na ũndũ wa kũnjĩtĩkia.’
19“Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, Mũthamaki Agiripa, ndiigana kwaga gwathĩkĩra kĩoneki kĩu kĩoimĩte igũrũ. 2026:20 Atũm 9:19-25; Atũm 9:26-29; Math 3:8Ngĩambĩrĩria kũhunjĩria andũ arĩa maarĩ Dameski, ngĩcooka ngĩhunjĩria andũ a kũu Jerusalemu o na a Judea guothe, na andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ o nao. Ndaahunjagia atĩ nĩmagĩrĩirwo nĩ kwĩrira na magarũrũke kũrĩ Ngai, na moonanie kwĩrira kwao na ũndũ wa ciĩko ciao. 2126:21 Atũm 21:27, 30Kĩu nĩkĩo gĩatũmire Ayahudi maanyiitĩre hekarũ-inĩ, na magerie kũnjũraga. 2226:22 Luk 24:27, 44No nĩngoretwo ndĩ na ũteithio wa Ngai nginya ũmũthĩ ũyũ, na nĩkĩo nũngiĩ haha nĩguo heane ũira kũrĩ andũ arĩa anini na arĩa anene o ũndũ ũmwe. Ndirĩ ũndũ njugaga makĩria ma ũrĩa anabii na Musa moigĩte atĩ nĩũgekĩka, 2326:23 1Akor 15:20, 23; Luk 2:32atĩ Kristũ nĩakanyariirwo, na atuĩke wa mbere kũriũka kuuma kũrĩ arĩa akuũ, nĩguo ahunjie ũhoro wa ũtheri kũrĩ andũ aake kĩũmbe o na kũrĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ.”
2426:24 Joh 10:20Fesito aigua ũguo, akĩmũgũthũkĩra akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Wee Paũlũ nĩkũgũrũka ũgũrũkĩte! Gĩthomo kĩu gĩaku kĩingĩ nĩgĩtũmĩte ũgũrũke.”
2526:25 Atũm 23:26Nake Paũlũ akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Atĩrĩrĩ mũgaathe Fesito, niĩ ndigũrũkĩte. Ũndũ ũrĩa ndĩroiga nĩ wa ma na ti ũgũrũki. 26Mũthamaki nĩoĩ maũndũ maya, na no ndĩmwarĩrie itegwĩtigĩra. Nĩ njũũĩ atĩ gũtirĩ ũndũ o na ũmwe wa maũndũ maya aagĩte kũmenya, tondũ matiekĩirwo hitho-inĩ. 27Mũthamaki Agiripa, wee nĩwĩtĩkĩtie anabii? Nĩnjũũĩ atĩ nĩũmetĩkĩtie.”
28Hĩndĩ ĩyo Agiripa akĩũria Paũlũ atĩrĩ, “Nĩũgwĩciiria atĩ kahinda-inĩ kanini ũguo no ũnjiguithie nduĩke Mũkristiano?”
29Nake Paũlũ akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “kahinda kanyiihe kana karaihe, ndĩrahooya Ngai atĩ to wee wiki, no o na andũ aya angĩ othe maraathikĩrĩria ũmũthĩ, ndenda matuĩke ta niĩ, tiga o mĩnyororo ĩno.”
3026:30 Atũm 25:23Mũthamaki ũcio agĩũkĩra marĩ hamwe na barũthi, na Berinike, na andũ arĩa maikarĩte hamwe nao. 31Makiuma nyũmba ĩyo, na rĩrĩa maaranagĩria, makiuga atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũyũ ndarĩ ũndũ ekĩte wa gũtũma ooragwo kana ohwo.”
3226:32 Atũm 25:11Agiripa akĩĩra Fesito atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũyũ nĩangĩarekererio korwo ndaracooketie ciira riiko kũrĩ Kaisari.”