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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:1 - Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:2 - where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:3 - They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:4 - Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:5 - Let some of your leaders come with me, and if the man has done anything wrong, they can press charges against him there.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:6 - After spending eight or ten days with them, Festus went down to Caesarea. The next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:7 - When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:8 - Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:9 - Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:10 - Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:11 - If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:12 - After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:13 - A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:14 - Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul’s case with the king. He said: “There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:15 - When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:16 - “I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over anyone before they have faced their accusers and have had an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:17 - When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:18 - When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:19 - Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:20 - I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:21 - But when Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:22 - Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:23 - The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:24 - Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:25 - I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:26 - But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 25:27 - For I think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him.”

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