25 So Festus, entering on his province, went up after three days from Cesarea to Jerusalem, 2 and the chief priests and the foremost of the Jews presented charges to him against Paul and appealed to him 3 * to do them the favor of sending for him to Jerusalem; but they were laying an ambush to take his life on the way. 4 So Festus answered that Paul was being kept at Cesarea, and that he himself would soon be going out; “so,” said he, 5 “let those among you who are competent go down with me and prosecute the man if there is anything objectionable about him.” 6 And, after staying on among them not more than a week or ten days, he went down to Cesarea and on the next day took his seat on the bench and ordered Paul brought. 7 And when he was present the Jews that had come down from Jerusalem stood around him lodging many charges of grave offenses which they were not able to prove, 8 with Paul saying by way of defense “I have not committed any misdemeanor either against the Jews’ law or against the temple-precinct or against Caesar.” 9 But Festus, wishing to ingratiate himself with the Jews, answered Paul “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?” 10 But Paul said “Standing before Caesar’s bench, I am standing where I have to be tried. I have done the Jews no wrong, as you yourself know right well. 11 So if I am guilty and have done anything to deserve death, I do not ask to be let off from dying; but if there is nothing in the charges these men are prosecuting me on, nobody can dispose of me as a favor to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, after conferring with his council, answered “You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you shall go.” 13 But after some days had passed Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived in Cesarea to greet Festus. 14 And while they were staying on there for several days Festus brought up with the king the matter about Paul, saying “There is a certain man who was left a prisoner by Felix, about whom, 15 when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews presented charges, asking for a condemnation against him; 16 * to which I answered that the Romans are not in the habit of disposing of any man as a favor to anybody before the accused has had the accusers face to face and been given an opportunity to make a defense about the charge. 17 So when they came here with me I made no postponement, but on the following day took my seat on the bench and ordered the man brought; 18 and the accusers took their stand round him and brought no allegation of the criminal things I had been conjecturing, 19 but had certain questions at issue with him about their religious belief and about a certain Jesus who was dead, who Paul said was alive. 20 And, being quite at sea as to the discussion of these points, I said ‘would he like to go to Jerusalem and be tried there on these charges?’ 21 But when Paul appealed to be kept for his Majesty’s determination, I ordered him kept till I should send him up to Caesar.” 22 And Agrippa said to Festus “I should have liked to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you shall hear him.” 23 * So on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come in great pomp and entered the auditorium with their chiliarchs and the prominent men of the city, and Festus gave the word, Paul was brought. 24 And Festus said “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen we have with us here, you see this man about whom the entire body of Jews applied to me both at Jerusalem and here clamoring that he ought not to live any longer, 25 but I perceived that he had done nothing to deserve death, but when he himself appealed to his Majesty I decided to send him. 26 Now I do not have any solid facts to write to my master about him; for which reason I have brought him on before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, in order that when the examination has been held I may have something to write; 27 for it seems to me unreasonable in sending a prisoner not to give also an indication of the charges against him.”
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