Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple1 or against Caesar."
Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor,2 said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"310
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,4 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!"512
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 Caesarea6 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.715
When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him8 and asked that he be condemned.
"I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over any man before he has faced his accusers and has had an opportunity to defend himself against their charges.917
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.1018
When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.