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Acts Chapter 25

1So Festus took up office as governor and three days later he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2And the high priest and the highest-ranking Jews made their position against Paul clear to him, and appealed to him, 3asking for a favour against the man, that he would send for him to come to Jerusalem, while they laid an ambush so as to eliminate him on the way. 4So Festus answered that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, whereas he himself was going to depart shortly. 5He said, “Well then, let the men of senior rank among you come down together and accuse him, if there is anything against this man.” 6Then he spent more than ten days among them, and when he had come back down to Caesarea, on the following day he took his seat in the court and ordered Paul to be brought. 7And when he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood round about, bringing many serious charges against Paul, which they could not substantiate, 8whereas he stated in his defence, “I have neither offended against the law of the Jews nor against the temple nor against Caesar in any respect.” 9But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favour, answered and said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be judged on these matters by me there?” 10Then Paul said, “I stand in Caesar's court where I should be judged. I have not wronged the Jews, as you for your part know very well. 11So if I am in the wrong, and have done anything deserving death, I do not ask for the death penalty to be lifted, but if the things which these people accuse me of are nothing, no-one can hand me over to them as a favour. I appeal to Caesar.” 12Then Festus conferred with the council and replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you shall go.” 13Now when a number of days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14And when he had spent several days there, Festus set Paul's case out to the king, and said, “There is a certain man who has been left by Felix, a prisoner, 15concerning whom when I was in Jerusalem the senior priests and elders of the Jews explained a case, asking for a penalty against him. 16And I replied to them that it is not the custom for Romans to hand over any man to the death penalty before the accused has the accusers face to face, and receives an opportunity for defence concerning the accusation. 17So they gathered here and I made no delay and held a sitting in the court the next day and I ordered the man to be brought in. 18But the accusers stood there and did not make any accusation concerning him of the kind which I suspected, 19but they had some dispute about their own religion against him, and about a certain Jesus who had died, whom Paul was asserting to be alive. 20And as I was at a loss in the dispute concerning this man, I asked if he wished to go to Jerusalem and be judged there concerning these things. 21But when Paul appealed that he should be guarded awaiting Augustus's decision, I ordered him to be guarded until I send him to Caesar.” 22Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I myself would also like to hear the man.” “Tomorrow”, he then said, “you will hear him.” 23So the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with much pomp, and went to the audience hall with the cohort commanders and the prominent men of the city, and at Festus's command Paul was brought in. 24And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all you gentlemen who are present with us, you see this man concerning whom the whole multitude of Jews prevailed on me in Jerusalem and here, shouting out that he should no longer live. 25But I do not detect that he has done anything worthy of death, and as he himself has appealed to Augustus, I have decided to send him. 26But I have nothing specific about him to write to the sovereign, which is why I have produced him before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that when an interrogation has taken place, I might have something to write. 27For it seems to me to be unreasonable when sending a prisoner not also to indicate the charges against him.”
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