Let some of your leaders come with me and press charges against the man there, if he has done anything wrong."
After spending eight or ten days with them, he went down to Caesarea, and the next day he convened the court1 and ordered that Paul be brought before him.27
When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him,3 which they could not prove.48
Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple5 or against Caesar."
Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor,6 said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"710
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,8 as you yourself know very well.
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!"912
After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"
A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea10 to pay their respects to Festus.
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.1115
When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him12 and asked that he be condemned.