Acts 25:1-22 NIV

Paul’s Trial Before Festus

1 Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,

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2 where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.

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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.

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4 Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.

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

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      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.

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

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      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?”

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          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.

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              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!”

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

                  Festus Consults King Agrippa

                  13 A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.

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                  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.

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                  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.

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                  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.

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                  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.

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                      18 When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.
                      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.

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                      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.

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                          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.”

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                              22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.”

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