Instead, they had some points of dispute1 with him about their own religion2 and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.
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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.3
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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."4
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Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear this man myself." He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."5
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The next day Agrippa and Bernice6 came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high ranking officers and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
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Festus said: "King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community7 has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.8
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I found he had done nothing deserving of death,9 but because he made his appeal to the Emperor10 I decided to send him to Rome.
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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.
For I think it is unreasonable to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him."