Biblical People

Biblical People: Bernice

Each time we see Bernice in the Bible, she’s paired with King Agrippa. Though Scripture doesn’t state their relationship, history does. They’re siblings. 

The pair become involved in determining the fate of the imprisoned Paul. Throughout this story, we see Bernice as a partner to the king, accompanying him to events, sitting in on Paul’s hearing, and being part of the follow-up meeting. 

After listening to Paul present his case, the pair, along with others, adjourns to discuss his situation. Bernice takes part in reaching the group’s conclusion that Paul has not done anything to deserve the severe penalty his detractors seek.

Whether a spouse, relative, or valued friend, God puts people in our lives who can work with us, support and encourage us, and help us make wise decisions.

Are we doing all we can to help those around us? Are we listening to those God has placed in our lives?

[Discover more about Bernice in Acts 25:13, 23, and Acts 26:30–31.]

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