Now when Festus had come into his province, after three days he went up to Jerusalem from Caesare'a.
And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they urged him,
asking as a favor to have the man sent to Jerusalem, planning an ambush to kill him on the way.
Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesare'a, and that he himself intended to go there shortly.
"So," said he, "let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them accuse him."
When he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesare'a; and the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
And when he had come, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem stood about him, bringing against him many serious charges which they could not prove.
Paul said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended at all."
But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?"
But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried; to the Jews I have done no wrong, as you know very well.
If then I am a wrongdoer, and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death; but if there is nothing in their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar."
Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you shall go."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)