LECTIO DIVINA

There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


READ THE SCRIPTURE

what is the text saying?


MEDITATE ON ITS MEANING FOR YOU

what jumps out to me personally?


PRAY, BASED ON YOUR MEDITATION

what do I say to the Lord?


CONTEMPLATE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD

allow His Spirit to wash over you


WHAT ARE THE STEPS FORWARD?

what action plan do I plan to take?

    • Ezekiel 1:1-25

      1 On July 31 of my thirtieth year, while I was with the Judean exiles beside the Kebar River in Babylon, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 

      2 This happened during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity. 

      3 (The Lord gave this message to Ezekiel son of Buzi, a priest, beside the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians, and he felt the hand of the Lord take hold of him.)

      4 As I looked, I saw a great storm coming from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. There was fire inside the cloud, and in the middle of the fire glowed something like gleaming amber. 

      5 From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human, 

      6 except that each had four faces and four wings. 

      7 Their legs were straight, and their feet had hooves like those of a calf and shone like burnished bronze. 

      8 Under each of their four wings I could see human hands. So each of the four beings had four faces and four wings. 

      9 The wings of each living being touched the wings of the beings beside it. Each one moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.

      10 Each had a human face in the front, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle at the back. 

      11 Each had two pairs of outstretched wings—one pair stretched out to touch the wings of the living beings on either side of it, and the other pair covered its body. 

      12 They went in whatever direction the spirit chose, and they moved straight forward in any direction without turning around.

      13 The living beings looked like bright coals of fire or brilliant torches, and lightning seemed to flash back and forth among them. 

      14 And the living beings darted to and fro like flashes of lightning.

      15 As I looked at these beings, I saw four wheels touching the ground beside them, one wheel belonging to each. 

      16 The wheels sparkled as if made of beryl. All four wheels looked alike and were made the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it. 

      17 The beings could move in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved. 

      18 The rims of the four wheels were tall and frightening, and they were covered with eyes all around.

      19 When the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too. 

      20 The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. So wherever the spirit went, the wheels and the living beings also went. 21 When the beings moved, the wheels moved. When the beings stopped, the wheels stopped. When the beings flew upward, the wheels rose up, for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.

      22 Spread out above them was a surface like the sky, glittering like crystal. 

      23 Beneath this surface the wings of each living being stretched out to touch the others’ wings, and each had two wings covering its body. 

      24 As they flew, their wings sounded to me like waves crashing against the shore or like the voice of the Almighty or like the shouting of a mighty army. When they stopped, they let down their wings.

      25 As they stood with wings lowered, a voice spoke from beyond the crystal surface above them.

    • Acts 9:19b-31

      19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.


      Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

      Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”

      21 All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?”

      22 Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. 

      23 After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill him. 

      24 They were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could murder him, but Saul was told about their plot. 

      25 So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall.

      26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! 

      27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

      28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 

      29 He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him. 

      30 When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown.

      31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

    • Psalm 121

      1 I look up to the mountains—

          does my help come from there?

      2 My help comes from the Lord,

          who made heaven and earth!

      3 He will not let you stumble;

          the one who watches over you will not slumber.

      4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel

          never slumbers or sleeps.

      5 The Lord himself watches over you!

          The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

      6 The sun will not harm you by day,

          nor the moon at night.

      7 The Lord keeps you from all harm

          and watches over your life.

      8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,

          both now and forever.

    • luke 7:18-35

      18 The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, 

      19 and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

      20 John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”

      21 At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. 

      22 Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 

      23 And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”

      24 After John’s disciples left, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? 

      25 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live in luxury are found in palaces.

      26 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. 

      27 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

      ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

          and he will prepare your way before you.’

      28 I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!”

      29 When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s way was right, for they had been baptized by John. 

      30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism.

      31 “To what can I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “How can I describe them? 

      32 They are like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,

      ‘We played wedding songs,

          and you didn’t dance,

      so we played funeral songs,

          and you didn’t weep.’

      33 For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 

      34 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ 

      35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.”

    • Proverbs 10:1-5

      1The proverbs of Solomon:

      A wise child brings joy to a father;

         a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

      2 Tainted wealth has no lasting value,

          but right living can save your life.

      3 The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,

          but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

      4 Lazy people are soon poor;

          hard workers get rich.

      5 A wise youth harvests in the summer,

          but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

    • Ezekiel 37:15-28

      15 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 16 “Son of man, take a piece of wood and carve on it these words: ‘This represents Judah and its allied tribes.’ Then take another piece and carve these words on it: ‘This represents Ephraim and the northern tribes of Israel.’ 17 Now hold them together in your hand as if they were one piece of wood. 18 When your people ask you what your actions mean, 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take Ephraim and the northern tribes and join them to Judah. I will make them one piece of wood in my hand.’

      20 “Then hold out the pieces of wood you have inscribed, so the people can see them. 21 And give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered. 22 I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel. One king will rule them all; no longer will they be divided into two nations or into two kingdoms. 23 They will never again pollute themselves with their idols[b] and vile images and rebellion, for I will save them from their sinful apostasy. I will cleanse them. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.

      24 “My servant David will be their king, and they will have only one shepherd. They will obey my regulations and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, the land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation. And my servant David will be their prince forever. 26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever. 27 I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the Lord, who makes Israel holy.”

    • Acts 9:32-35

      32 Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda. 33 There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly. 35 Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.

    • Psalm 100

      1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

      2 Worship the Lord with gladness.

          Come before him, singing with joy.

      3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

          He made us, and we are his.

          We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

      4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

          go into his courts with praise.

          Give thanks to him and praise his name.

      5 For the Lord is good.

              His unfailing love continues forever,

          and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

    • Luke 7:36-50

      36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

      39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

      40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

      “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

      41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver[b] to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

      43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

      “That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

      47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

      49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”

      50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

    • Proverbs 10:14-21

      14 Wise people treasure knowledge,

          but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.

      15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;

          the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

      16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,

          but evil people squander their money on sin.

      17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,

          but those who ignore correction will go astray.

      18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar;

          slandering others makes you a fool.

      19 Too much talk leads to sin.

          Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

      20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;

          the heart of a fool is worthless.

      21 The words of the godly encourage many,

          but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

    • 1 Samuel 20:1-23

      20 David now fled from Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan. “What have I done?” he exclaimed. “What is my crime? How have I offended your father that he is so determined to kill me?”

      2 “That’s not true!” Jonathan protested. “You’re not going to die. He always tells me everything he’s going to do, even the little things. I know my father wouldn’t hide something like this from me. It just isn’t so!”

      3 Then David took an oath before Jonathan and said, “Your father knows perfectly well about our friendship, so he has said to himself, ‘I won’t tell Jonathan—why should I hurt him?’ But I swear to you that I am only a step away from death! I swear it by the Lord and by your own soul!”

      4 “Tell me what I can do to help you,” Jonathan exclaimed.

      5 David replied, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. I’ve always eaten with the king on this occasion, but tomorrow I’ll hide in the field and stay there until the evening of the third day. 6 If your father asks where I am, tell him I asked permission to go home to Bethlehem for an annual family sacrifice. 7 If he says, ‘Fine!’ you will know all is well. But if he is angry and loses his temper, you will know he is determined to kill me. 8 Show me this loyalty as my sworn friend—for we made a solemn pact before the Lord—or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father. But please don’t betray me to him!”

      9 “Never!” Jonathan exclaimed. “You know that if I had the slightest notion my father was planning to kill you, I would tell you at once.”

      10 Then David asked, “How will I know whether or not your father is angry?”

      11 “Come out to the field with me,” Jonathan replied. And they went out there together. 12 Then Jonathan told David, “I promise by the Lord, the God of Israel, that by this time tomorrow, or the next day at the latest, I will talk to my father and let you know at once how he feels about you. If he speaks favorably about you, I will let you know. 13 But if he is angry and wants you killed, may the Lord strike me and even kill me if I don’t warn you so you can escape and live. May the Lord be with you as he used to be with my father. 14 And may you treat me with the faithful love of the Lord as long as I live. But if I die, 15 treat my family with this faithful love, even when the Lord destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.”

      16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” 17 And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.

      18 Then Jonathan said, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. You will be missed when your place at the table is empty. 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid before, and wait there by the stone pile. 20 I will come out and shoot three arrows to the side of the stone pile as though I were shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy to bring the arrows back. If you hear me tell him, ‘They’re on this side,’ then you will know, as surely as the Lord lives, that all is well, and there is no trouble. 22 But if I tell him, ‘Go farther—the arrows are still ahead of you,’ then it will mean that you must leave immediately, for the Lord is sending you away. 23 And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them.”

    • Acts 11:27-30

      27 During this time some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) 29 So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters[a] in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could. 30 This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.

    • Psalm 133

      1 How wonderful and pleasant it is

          when brothers live together in harmony!

      2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil

          that was poured over Aaron’s head,

          that ran down his beard

          and onto the border of his robe.

      3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon

          that falls on the mountains of Zion.

      And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,

          even life everlasting.

    • Luke 8:1-18

      1 How wonderful and pleasant it is

          when brothers live together in harmony!

      2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil

          that was poured over Aaron’s head,

          that ran down his beard

          and onto the border of his robe.

      3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon

          that falls on the mountains of Zion.

      And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,

          even life everlasting

    • Proverbs 11:1-3

      1 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,

          but he delights in accurate weights.

      2 Pride leads to disgrace,

          but with humility comes wisdom.

      3 Honesty guides good people;

          dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

    • 1 Chronicles 12:16-22

      16 Others from Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. 

      17 David went out to meet them and said, “If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see it and punish you.”

      18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said,

      “We are yours, David!

          We are on your side, son of Jesse.

      Peace and prosperity be with you,

          and success to all who help you,

          for your God is the one who helps you.”

      So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.

      19 Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he set out with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine rulers refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, “It will cost us our heads if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us.”

      20 Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded 1,000 troops from the tribe of Manasseh. 21 They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army. 

      22 Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God.

    • Revelation 21:1-8

      1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

      3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.[a] 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

      5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

      8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

    • Psalm 93

      1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.

          Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

      The world stands firm

          and cannot be shaken.

      2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.

          You yourself are from the everlasting past.

      3 The floods have risen up, O Lord.

          The floods have roared like thunder;

          the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

      4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,

          mightier than the breakers on the shore—

          the Lord above is mightier than these!

      5 Your royal laws cannot be changed.

          Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

    • Luke 24:44-53

      44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.

      49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

      The Ascension

      50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. 52 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. 53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

    • Proverbs 11:1-14

      10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;

          they shout for joy when the wicked die.

      11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper,

          but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

      12 It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;

          a sensible person keeps quiet.

      13 A gossip goes around telling secrets,

          but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

      14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;

          there is safety in having many advisers.

    • Exodus 40:16-38

      16 Moses proceeded to do everything just as the Lord had commanded him. 17 So the Tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month of the second year. 18 Moses erected the Tabernacle by setting down its bases, inserting the frames, attaching the crossbars, and setting up the posts. 19 Then he spread the coverings over the Tabernacle framework and put on the protective layers, just as the Lord had commanded him.

      20 He took the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant and placed them[a] inside the Ark. Then he attached the carrying poles to the Ark, and he set the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—on top of it. 21 Then he brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Tabernacle and hung the inner curtain to shield it from view, just as the Lord had commanded him.

      22 Next Moses placed the table in the Tabernacle, along the north side of the Holy Place, just outside the inner curtain. 23 And he arranged the Bread of the Presence on the table before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded him.

      24 He set the lampstand in the Tabernacle across from the table on the south side of the Holy Place. 25 Then he lit the lamps in the Lord’s presence, just as the Lord had commanded him. 26 He also placed the gold incense altar in the Tabernacle, in the Holy Place in front of the inner curtain. 27 On it he burned the fragrant incense, just as the Lord had commanded him.

      28 He hung the curtain at the entrance of the Tabernacle, 29 and he placed the altar of burnt offering near the Tabernacle entrance. On it he offered a burnt offering and a grain offering, just as the Lord had commanded him.

      30 Next Moses placed the washbasin between the Tabernacle and the altar. He filled it with water so the priests could wash themselves. 31 Moses and Aaron and Aaron’s sons used water from it to wash their hands and feet. 32 Whenever they approached the altar and entered the Tabernacle, they washed themselves, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

      33 Then he hung the curtains forming the courtyard around the Tabernacle and the altar. And he set up the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard. So at last Moses finished the work.


      The Lord’s Glory Fills the Tabernacle

      34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.

      36 Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. 38 The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.

    • Acts 26:19-29

      19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven. 20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do. 21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me. 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.”

      24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”

      25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. 26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”

      28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”

      29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”