Howbeit (men oun). No antithesis expressed, though Page considers de in verse Acts 6 to be one. They probably argued that it was easier for one man (Paul) to come to Jerusalem than for many to go down there. But Festus was clearly suspicious (verse Acts 6 ) and was wholly within his rights to insist that they make their charges in Caesarea where he held court. Was kept in charge (threisqai). Present passive infinitive of threw in indirect assertion. Hoti with finite verb is more common after apokrinomai, but the infinitive with the accusative of general reference is proper as here (Robertson, Grammar, p. 1036). Shortly (en tacei). In quickness, in speed. Old and common usage, seen already in Luke 18:8 ; Acts 12:7 ; Acts 22:18 . Festus is clearly within his rights again since his stay in Caesarea had been so brief. He did go down in "eight or ten days" (verse Acts 6 ). Luke did not consider the matter important enough to be precise.