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Paul before Festus

1 Festus then, having arrived in the R1486 province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. R1487 2 And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews brought R1488 charges against Paul, and they were urging him, 3 requesting a concession F557 against Paul, F558 that he might have F559 him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, setting R1489 an ambush to kill him on the way). 4 Festus then answered R1490 that Paul was R1491 being kept in custody at Caesarea R1492 and that he himself was about to leave shortly. 5 "Therefore," he said, "let the influential men among you go F560 there with me, and if there is anything wrong about F561 the man, let them prosecute F562 him."

6 After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, R1493 and on the next day he took his seat on the R1494 tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many R1495 and serious charges against him which R1496 they could not prove, 8 while Paul said in his own defense, "I R1497 have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar." 9 But Festus, wishing R1498 to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "Are R1499 you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand F563 trial before me on these charges?" 10 But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, R1500 where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know. 11 "If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal R1501 to Caesar." 12 Then when Festus had conferred with his F564 council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go."

13 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea R1502 and F565 paid their respects to Festus. 14 While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man who was left R1503 as a prisoner by Felix; 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought R1504 charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 "I answered R1505 them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before the R1506 accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges. 17 "So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on the R1507 tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me. 18 "When the accusers stood up, they began bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting, 19 but they simply had some points R1508 of disagreement with him about their own religion R1509 F566 and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 "Being R1510 at a loss how to investigate such F567 matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters. 21 "But when Paul appealed R1511 to be held in custody for the F568 Emperor's decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar." 22 Then Agrippa R1512 said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him."

Paul before Agrippa

23 So, on the next day when Agrippa R1513 came together F569 with Bernice R1513 amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied F570 by the commanders F571 and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all R1514 the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he R1515 ought not to live any longer. 25 "But I found that he had committed nothing R1516 worthy of death; and since he himself appealed R1517 to the F572 Emperor, I decided to send him. 26 "Yet F573 I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write. 27 "For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him."

F557: Or favor
F558: Lit him
F559: Lit send for him to Jerusalem
F560: Lit go down
F561: Lit in
F562: Or accuse
F563: Lit be judged
F564: A different group from that mentioned in Acts 4:15 and 24:20
F565: Lit greeting Festus
F566: Or superstition
F567: Lit these
F568: Lit the Augustus's (in this case Nero)
F569: Lit and Bernice
F570: Lit and with
F571: I.e. chiliarchs, in command of one thousand troops
F572: V 21, note+@1
F573: Lit About whom I have nothing definite

R1486: Acts 23:34
R1487: Acts 8:40; 25:4,6,13
R1488: Acts 24:1; 25:15
R1489: Acts 9:24
R1490: Acts 25:16
R1491: Acts 24:23
R1492: Acts 8:40; 25:1,6,13
R1493: Acts 8:40; 25:1,4,13
R1494: Matthew 27:19; Acts 25:10,17
R1495: Acts 24:5f
R1496: Acts 24:13
R1497: Acts 6:13; 24:12; 28:17
R1498: Acts 12:3; 24:27
R1499: Acts 25:20
R1500: Matthew 27:19; Acts 25:6,17
R1501: Acts 25:21,25; 26:32; 28:19
R1502: Acts 8:40; 25:1,4,6
R1503: Acts 24:27
R1504: Acts 24:1; 25:2
R1505: Acts 25:4f
R1506: Acts 23:30
R1507: Matthew 27:19; Acts 25:6,10
R1508: Acts 18:15; 23:29
R1509: Acts 17:22
R1510: Acts 25:9
R1511: Acts 25:11f
R1512: Acts 9:15
R1513: Acts 25:13; 26:30
R1513: Acts 25:13; 26:30
R1514: Acts 25:2,7
R1515: Acts 22:22
R1516: Luke 23:4; Acts 23:29
R1517: Acts 25:11f


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