Paul said he was telling the truth (Acts 26:25)

“But Paul said.

‘I am not out of my mind!

Most excellent Festus!

But I am speaking

The sober truth.’”

ὁ δὲ Παῦλος Οὐ μαίνομαι, φησίν, κράτιστε Φῆστε, ἀλλὰ ἀληθείας καὶ σωφροσύνης ῥήματα ἀποφθέγγομαι.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul (ὁ δὲ Παῦλος) responded (φησίν) to his excellency Governor Festus (κράτιστε Φῆστε) that he was not out of his mind (Οὐ μαίνομαι), but (ἀλλὰ) he was speaking (ἀποφθέγγομαι) sober (καὶ σωφροσύνης) and truthful (ἀληθείας) words (ῥήματα).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀποφθέγγομαι, that means to speak out and declare.  Paul responded respectfully to Governor Porcius Festus’ accusation that he was crazy.  Paul called him his excellency as he said that he was only speaking the truth in a sober way.  His words were accurate and sound, not the words of an insane man.  Has anyone ever called you crazy?

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