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Paul Appeals to Caesar
1Now when Festus had come to the province, after three days he went up from #Acts 8:40; 25:4, 6, 13Caesarea to Jerusalem. 2#Acts 24:1; 25:15Then the high priest and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him, 3asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem—#Acts 23:12, 15while they lay in ambush along the road to kill him. 4But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going there shortly. 5“Therefore,” he said, “let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see #Acts 18:14; 25:18if there is any fault in him.”
6And when he had remained 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. 7When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about #Mark 15:3; Luke 23:2, 10; Acts 24:5, 13and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove, 8while he answered for himself, #Acts 6:13; 24:12; 28:17“Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”
9But Festus, #Acts 12:2; 24:27wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, #Acts 25:20“Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?”
10So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. 11#Acts 18:14; 23:29; 25:25; 26:31For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. #Acts 26:32; 28:19I appeal to Caesar.”
12Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!”
Paul Before Agrippa
13And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. 14When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying: #Acts 24:27“There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix, 15#Acts 24:1; 25:2, 3about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him. 16#Acts 25:4, 5To them I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction before the accused meets the accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge against him.’ 17Therefore when they had come together, #Matt. 27:19; Acts 25:6, 10without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in. 18When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him of such things as I supposed, 19#Acts 18:14, 15; 23:29but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20And because I was uncertain of such questions, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters. 21But when Paul #Acts 25:11, 12appealed to be reserved for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him to Caesar.”
22Then #Acts 9:15Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.”
“Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”
23So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus’ command #Acts 9:15Paul was brought in. 24And Festus said: “King Agrippa and all the men who are here present with us, you see this man about whom #Acts 25:2, 3, 7the whole assembly of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying out that he was #Acts 21:36; 22:22not fit to live any longer. 25But when I found that #Acts 23:9, 29; 26:31he had committed nothing deserving of death, #Acts 25:11, 12and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him. 26I have nothing certain to write to my lord concerning him. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the examination has taken place I may have something to write. 27For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.”