Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Acts 25:13-26:32, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

A man named Paul was put in prison by the Romans because some people didn’t like what he was saying. One day, two important people named King Agrippa and Bernice came to visit the Roman governor, Festus.

Festus told them about Paul and how the Jewish leaders wanted him to be punished. But Festus didn’t think Paul did anything wrong. He explained to King Agrippa and Bernice, “The Jewish leaders asked for a sentence of condemnation against him, but when I heard their case, I realized they had no real evidence against him. Their accusations were about their own religious disputes, and about a man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive even though he was dead.”

King Agrippa was curious and wanted to hear from Paul himself. So the next day, he came with Bernice and many important people to the place where Paul was being kept. Festus brought Paul out and told everyone how the Jewish leaders wanted him punished, but he didn’t deserve it.

Then, King Agrippa told Paul he could speak for himself. Paul started by thanking King Agrippa and said, “I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.”

Paul talked about how he used to be against Jesus and his followers, but then he saw a bright light from heaven and heard Jesus talking to him. Jesus told him to stop being mean to his followers and to tell everyone about him. Paul said he did what Jesus asked him to do and that’s why he was in trouble with the Jewish leaders.

As Paul spoke, Festus interrupted and said, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul calmly replied, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner.”

King Agrippa was listening carefully and asked Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

After Paul finished talking, everyone left and agreed that Paul didn’t do anything wrong. King Agrippa said Paul could have been set free if he hadn’t asked to see Caesar.

Biblical Lessons

  • Sometimes it takes courage to speak the truth, even when others might not believe or understand.
  • Our past mistakes and bad decisions do not have to define us – we can choose to change and live a new life.
  • We should always be willing to listen to others and consider their perspective, even if we disagree with them.
  • God can use anyone to spread His message, regardless of their background or past actions.
  • We should not be afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if it means facing opposition or persecution.

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