1Festusthen, having arrived in 1the province, threedayslaterwent up to Jerusalem from 2Caesarea.
And the chiefpriests and the leadingmen of the Jews3broughtchargesagainstPaul, and they were urging him,
3requesting a aconcessionagainstbPaul, that he might chave him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, 4setting an ambush to kill him on the way ).
4Festusthen5answered that Paul6was being kept in custody at 7Caesarea and that he himself was about to leaveshortly.
5"Therefore," he said, "let the influentialmenamong you dgo there with me, and if there is anythingwrongeabout the man, let them fprosecute him."
After he had spent not more than eightortendaysamong them, he wentdown to 8Caesarea, and on the nextday he took his seat on 9the tribunal and orderedPaul to be brought.
After Paul arrived, the Jews who had comedown from Jerusalemstoodaround him, bringing10many and seriouschargesagainst him 11which they could not prove,
while Paulsaid in his own defense, "12I have committednooffenseeitheragainst the Law of the Jewsoragainst the templeoragainstCaesar."
But Festus, 13wishing to do the Jews a favor, answeredPaul and said, "14Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and gstandtrialbefore me on these charges?"
But Paulsaid, "I amstandingbeforeCaesar's15tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have donenowrong to the Jews, as you alsoverywellknow.
11"If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committedanythingworthy of death, I do not refuse to die ; but ifnone of those things is true of whichthesemenaccuse me, noonecanhand me over to them. I 16appeal to Caesar."
12Then when Festus had conferred with hhis council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go."