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Acts 25

Paul Appeals to Caesar
1Now three days after Festus had arrived in #ch. 23:34the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews #ver. 15laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, 3asking as a favor against Paul#25:3 Greek him that he summon him to Jerusalem—because #See ch. 9:24they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. 4Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5“So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”
6After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on #ver. 10, 17; See Matt. 27:19the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him #ch. 24:13that they could not prove. 8Paul argued in his defense, “Neither #[ch. 24:12; 28:17]; See ch. 6:13 against #John 7:19; 19:7 the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor #John 19:12against Caesar have I committed any offense.” 9But Festus, #ch. 24:27wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” 10But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s #ver. 6, 17tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. #ch. 26:32; 28:19I appeal to Caesar.” 12Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”
Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice
13Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. 14And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, #ch. 24:27“There is a man left prisoner by Felix, 15and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case #ver. 2, 3against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16#ver. 4, 5 I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone #[John 7:51]; See ch. 23:30before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 17#ver. 7, 24 So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on #ver. 6, 10the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. 18When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 19Rather they #ch. 18:15; 23:29 had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about #[ch. 17:18]a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I #ver. 9asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. 21But #See ver. 11 when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of #ver. 25the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.” 22Then #See ch. 9:15Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”
23So on the next day #ver. 13; ch. 26:30Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom #ver. 2, 7 the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, #ch. 22:22shouting that he ought not to live any longer. 25But I found that #See ch. 23:29 he had done nothing deserving death. And #ver. 11, 12 as he himself appealed to #ver. 21the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”

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