Three days after arriving in the province, Festus1 went up from Caesarea2 to Jerusalem,
where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.33
They urgently 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.44
Festus answered, "Paul is being held5 at Caesarea,6 and I myself am going there soon.
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 court7 and ordered that Paul be brought before him.87
When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him,9 which they could not prove.108
Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple11 or against Caesar."
Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor,12 said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"1310
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,14 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!"1512
After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"