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Acts 25:2 ASV
And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they besought him,
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Acts 25:2 BBE
And the chief priests and the chief men of the Jews made statements against Paul,
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Acts 25:2 CEB
The chief priests and Jewish leaders presented their case against Paul. Appealing to him,
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Acts 25:2 CJB
There the head cohanim and the Judean leaders informed him of the case against Sha'ul, and they asked him
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Acts 25:2 RHE
And the chief priests and principal men of the Jews went unto him against Paul: and they besought him,
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Acts 25:2 ESV
And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him,
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Acts 25:2 GW
The chief priests and the other important Jewish leaders informed Festus about their charges against Paul. They were urging
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Acts 25:2 GNT
where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders brought their charges against Paul. They begged Festus
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Acts 25:2 HNV
Then the Kohen Gadol and the principal men of the Yehudim informed him against Sha'ul, and they begged him,
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Acts 25:2 CSB
Then the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews presented their case against Paul to him; and they appealed,
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Acts 25:2 KJV
Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,
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Acts 25:2 LEB
And the chief priests and the most prominent men of the Jews brought charges against Paul to him, and were urging him,
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Acts 25:2 NAS
And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews brought charges against Paul, and they were urging him,
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Acts 25:2 NCV
There the leading priests and the important Jewish leaders made charges against Paul before Festus.
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Acts 25:2 NIRV
There the chief priests and Jewish leaders came to him and brought their charges against Paul.
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Acts 25:2 NIV
where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
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Acts 25:2 NKJV
Then the high priest and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him,
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Acts 25:2 NLT
where the leading priests and other Jewish leaders met with him and made their accusations against Paul.
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Acts 25:2 NRS
where the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews gave him a report against Paul. They appealed to him
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Acts 25:2 RSV
And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they urged him,
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Acts 25:2 DBY
And the chief priests and the chief of the Jews laid informations before him against Paul, and besought him,
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Acts 25:2 MSG
The high priests and top leaders renewed their vendetta against Paul.
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Acts 25:2 WBT
Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,
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Acts 25:2 TMB
Then the high priest and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul and besought him,
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Acts 25:2 TNIV
where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
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Acts 25:2 TYN
Then enformed him the hye prestes and the chefe of the Iewes of Paul. And they besought him
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Acts 25:2 WNT
The High Priests and the leading men among the Jews immediately made representations to him against Paul, and begged him--
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Acts 25:2 WEB
Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him,
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Acts 25:2 WYC
And the princes of priests, and the worthiest of the Jews went to him against Paul [And the prince of priests, and the first of Jews went to him against Paul], and prayed him,
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Acts 25:2 YLT
and the chief priest and the principal men of the Jews made manifest to him [the things] against Paul, and were calling on him,
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Acts 25 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 25

Paul before Festus, he appeals to Caesar. (1-12) Festus confers with Agrippa respecting Paul. (13-27)

Verses 1-12 See how restless malice is. Persecutors deem it a peculiar favour to have their malice gratified. Preaching Christ, the end of the law, was no offence against the law. In suffering times the prudence of the Lord's people is tried, as well as their patience; they need wisdom. It becomes those who are innocent, to insist upon their innocence. Paul was willing to abide by the rules of the law, and to let that take its course. If he deserved death, he would accept the punishment. But if none of the things whereof they accused him were true, no man could deliver him unto them, with justice. Paul is neither released nor condemned. It is an instance of the slow steps which Providence takes; by which we are often made ashamed, both of our hopes and of our fears, and are kept waiting on God.

Verses 13-27 Agrippa had the government of Galilee. How many unjust and hasty judgments the Roman maxim, ver. ( 16 ) , condemn! This heathen, guided only by the light of nature, followed law and custom exactly, yet how many Christians will not follow the rules of truth, justice, and charity, in judging their brethren! The questions about God's worship, the way of salvation, and the truths of the gospel, may appear doubtful and without interest, to worldly men and mere politicians. See how slightly this Roman speaks of Christ, and of the great controversy between the Jews and the Christians. But the day is at hand when Festus and the whole world will see, that all the concerns of the Roman empire were but trifles and of no consequence, compared with this question of Christ's resurrection. Those who have had means of instruction, and have despised them, will be awfully convinced of their sin and folly. Here was a noble assembly brought together to hear the truths of the gospel, though they only meant to gratify their curiosity by attending to the defence of a prisoner. Many, even now, attend at the places of hearing the word of God with "great pomp," and too often with no better motive than curiosity. And though ministers do not now stand as prisoners to make a defence for their lives, yet numbers affect to sit in judgment upon them, desirous to make them offenders for a word, rather than to learn from them the truth and will of God, for the salvation of their souls But the pomp of this appearance was outshone by the real glory of the poor prisoner at the bar. What was the honour of their fine appearance, compared with that of Paul's wisdom, and grace, and holiness; his courage and constancy in suffering for Christ! It is no small mercy to have God clear up our righteousness as the light, and our just dealing as the noon-day; to have nothing certain laid to our charge. And God makes even the enemies of his people to do them right.

Acts 25 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible



1-3. Festus . . . after three days . . . ascended . . . to Jerusalem--to make himself acquainted with the great central city of his government without delay.

2. Then the high priest--a successor of him before whom Paul had appeared ( Acts 23:2 ).
and the chief of the Jews--and "the whole multitude of the Jews" ( Acts 25:24 ) clamorously.
informed him against Paul . . .

3. desired favour--in Acts 25:15 , "judgment."
against him--It would seem that they had the insolence to ask him to have the prisoner executed even without a trial ( Acts 25:16 ).
laying wait . . . to kill him--How deep must have been their hostility, when two years after the defeat of their former attempt, they thirst as keenly as ever for his blood! Their plea for having the case tried at Jerusalem, where the alleged offense took place, was plausible enough; but from Acts 25:10 it would seem that Festus had been made acquainted with their causeless malice, and that in some way which Paul was privy to.

4-6. answered that Paul should be kept--rather, "is in custody."
at Cæsarea, and . . . himself would depart shortly thither.

5. Let them . . . which among you are able, go down--"your leading men."

7. the Jews . . . from Jerusalem--clamorously, as at Jerusalem; see Acts 25:24 .
many and grievous complaints against Paul--From his reply, and Festus' statement of the case before Agrippa, these charges seem to have been a jumble of political and religious matter which they were unable to substantiate, and vociferous cries that he was unfit to live. Paul's reply, not given in full, was probably little more than a challenge to prove any of their charges, whether political or religious.

9, 10. Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure--to ingratiate himself with them.
said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and . . . be judged . . . before me--or, "under my protection." If this was meant in earnest, it was temporizing and vacillating. But, possibly, anticipating Paul's refusal, he wished merely to avoid the odium of refusing to remove the trial to Jerusalem.

10. Then said Paul, I stand at Cæsar's judgment seat--that is, I am already before the proper tribunal. This seems to imply that he understood Festus to propose handing him over to the Sanhedrim for with a mere promise of protection from him. But from going to Jerusalem at all he was too well justified in shrinking, for there assassination had been quite recently planned against him.
to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou knowest very well--literally, "better," that is, (perhaps), better than to press such a proposal.
if there be none of these things . . . no man may deliver me unto them--The word signifies to "surrender in order to gratify" another.

11. I appeal to Cæsar--The right of appeal to the supreme power, in case of life and death, was secured by an ancient law to every Roman citizen, and continued under the empire. Had Festus shown any disposition to pronounce final judgment, Paul, strong in the consciousness of his innocence and the justice of a Roman tribunal, would not have made this appeal. But when the only other alternative offered him was to give his own consent to be transferred to the great hotbed of plots against his life, and to a tribunal of unscrupulous and bloodthirsty ecclesiastics whose vociferous cries for his death had scarcely subsided, no other course was open to him.

12. Festus--little expecting such an appeal, but bound to respect it.
having conferred with the council--his assessors in judgment, as to the admissibility of the appeal.
said, Hast thou--for "thou hast."
to Cæsar shalt thou go--as if he would add perhaps "and see if thou fare better."


13. King Agrippa--great-grandson of Herod the Great, and Drusilla's On his father's awful death ( Acts 12:23 ), being thought too young (seventeen) to succeed, Judea, was attached to the province of Syria. Four years after, on the death of his uncle Herod, he was made king of the northern principalities of Chalcis, and afterwards got Batanea, Iturea, Trachonitis, Abilene, Galilee, and Perea, with the title of king. He died A.D. 100, after reigning fifty-one years.
and Bernice--his sister. She was married to her uncle Herod, king of Chalcis, on whose death she lived with her brother Agrippa--not without suspicion of incestuous intercourse, which her subsequent licentious life tended to confirm.
came to salute Festus--to pay his respects to him on his accession to the procuratorship.

14, 15. when there many--"several"
days, Festus declared Paul's cause--taking advantage of the presence of one who might be presumed to know such matters .better than himself; though the lapse of "several days" ere the subject was touched on shows that it gave Festus little trouble.

16-21. to deliver any man to die--On the word "deliver up,"

18. as I supposed--"suspected"--crimes punishable by civil law.

19. questions . . . of their own superstition--rather, "religion" the word in any discourteous sense in addressing his Jewish guest.
one Jesus--"Thus speaks this miserable Festus of Him to whom every knee shall bow" [BENGEL].
whom Paul affirmed--"kept affirming."
to be alive--showing that the resurrection of the Crucified One had been the burden, as usual, of Paul's pleading. The insignificance of the whole affair in the eyes of Festus is manifest.

20. because I doubted of such manner of questions--The "I" is emphatic. "I," as a Roman judge, being at a loss how to deal with such matters.

21. the hearing of Augustus--the imperial title first conferred by the Roman Senate on Octavius.

22-27. I would also hear--"should like to hear."
the man myself--No doubt Paul was fight when he said, "The king knoweth of these things . . . for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner" ( Acts 26:26 ). Hence his curiosity to see and hear the man who had raised such commotion and was remodelling to such an extent the whole Jewish life.

23. when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp--in the same city in which their father, on account of his pride, had perished, eaten up by worms [WETST].
with the chief captains--(See on Ac 21:32 ). JOSEPHUS [Wars of the Jews, 3.4.2] says that five cohorts, whose full complement was one thousand men, were stationed at Cæsarea.
principal men of the city--both Jews and Romans. "This was the most dignified and influential audience Paul had yet addressed, and the prediction ( Acts 9:15 ) was fulfilled, though afterwards still more remarkably at Rome ( Acts 27:24 , 2 Timothy 4:16 2 Timothy 4:17 ) [WEBSTER and WILKINSON].

26. I have no certain--"definite"
thing to write my lord--Nero. "The writer's accuracy should be remarked here. It would have been . . . a mistake to apply this term ("lord") to the emperor a few years earlier. Neither Augustus nor Tiberius would let himself be so called, as implying the relation of master and slave. But it had now come (rather, "was coming") into use as one of the imperial titles" [HACKET].