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English Majority Text Version 2009

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26:1Then Agrippa said to Paul, "It is permitted for you to speak for yourself."So Paul, having extended his hand, spoke in his own defense:
26:2I have considered myself fortunate, King Agrippa, being able to speak in my own defense today, concerning all the things of which I am accused of by the Jews,
26:3especially since you are well versed both in all the customs and questions in relation to the Jews; therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.
26:4Therefore my way of life from my youth, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews know,
26:5since they have known me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
26:6And now for the hope of the promise having been made by God to the fathers, I stand before you judged,
26:7[a promise] to which our twelve tribes, as they earnestly serve God night and day, hope to attain. Concerning which hope I am accused by [the] Jews, King Agrippa.
26:8Why is it considered [such ]an unbelievable thing by you [people ]if God raises the dead?
26:9Therefore I thought in myself that it was necessary to do many hostile things against the name of Jesus the Nazarene;
26:10which also I did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were being put to death, I cast my vote against them.
26:11And I punished them often in all the synagogues, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even as far as to foreign cities.
26:12"In which [pursuits] also, as I traveled to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
26:13at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those traveling with me.
26:14And when we all had fallen down to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
26:15"So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
26:16But arise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness both [of the things] which you have seen, and [of the things] which I will yet reveal to you,
26:17delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
26:18to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the authority of Satan to God, [in order for ]them to receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
26:19"Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,
26:20but to those first in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, proclaiming that they must repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.
26:21Because of these things the Jews arrested me in the temple and attempted to kill me.
26:22Therefore, having obtained help from God, until this day I stand, witnessing both to common [people] and great [people], saying nothing except the things which both the prophets and Moses spoke of as being about to happen,
26:23that the Christ was to suffer, that as the first to rise from the dead, He was about to proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles."
26:24Now as he spoke these things, Festus said with a loud voice, "You are mad, Paul! Your higher learning is driving you to madness!"
26:25But he said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus, but I boldly declare words of truth and reason.
26:26For the king knows about these things, to whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things escapes his notice, since this thing was not done in a corner.
26:27"Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe."
26:28And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time, you are persuading me to become a Christian!"
26:29And Paul said, "I would pray to God, both in a short time and a long time, not only you, but also all who are hearing me today, would become such as I am, except for these chains."
26:30When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those sitting together with them;
26:31and when they withdrew, they were speaking among themselves, saying, "This man practices nothing worthy of death or chains."
26:32Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries