|Acts 25 |
1 Now when Festus had come into the province, after three days he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2 Then the high priest and the leading men of the Jews brought charges to him against Paul, and requested
3 That as a favor he would send him to Jerusalem; for they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way.
4 But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart for there shortly.
5 "Therefore," he said, "Let those among you who are able, go down with me and accuse this man, if there is any wickedness in him."
6 So when he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, he commanded Paul to be brought to him.
7 And when Paul had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him and brought many serious complaints against him, which they could not prove.
8 Then he answered for himself, "I have committed no offence in anything at all, neither against the law of the Jews, nor the temple, nor against Caesar."
9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "Will you go up to Jerusalem, and be judged there concerning these things before me? "
10 Then Paul said, "I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know.
11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if there is nothing in these things of which they accuse me, no man may deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "You appealed to Caesar. To Caesar will you go."
13 Now after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to welcome Festus.
14 And when they had been there many days, Festus discussed Paul's cause with the king, saying, "There is a certain man who was left in prison by Felix;
15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against, asking to have judgment against him.
16 To whom I answered, 'It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before the accused has met the accusers face to face, and has an opportunity to answer for himself concerning the crime charged against him.'
17 Therefore, when they came here, without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in.
18 But when the accusers stood up, they brought none of the accusations against him of the things that I expected;
19 Instead they had certain questions against him of their own superstition [religion], and of one Jesus who was dead, whom Paul claimed to be alive.
20 And because I was uncertain how to answer such questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem to be judged there about these matters.
21 But when Paul appealed to be held over to a hearing by Caesar Augustus, I commanded him to be kept until I could send him to Caesar."
22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would also like to hear the man myself." And Festus said, "Tomorrow, you shall hear him."
23 And the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered into the place of hearing, with the commanders and principal men of the city, Paul was brought in at Festus' command.
24 And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all men who are present here with us, you see this man about whom all the multitude of the Jews have appealed to me, both in Jerusalem and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself has appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him to him.
26 Yet I have nothing definite to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you, and especially before you, O King Agrippa, so that after examination has been made, I might have somewhat to write.
27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner, and not to specify the crimes charged against him."
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