while Paul made the defense that, "Neither against the Jewish law, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I sinned at all."
Then Festus, wanting to do a favor for the Jews, replied to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be tried before me on these charges?"
But Paul said: "I am standing at Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as even you can see very well.
If then I am doing wrong, or have done anything deserving of death, I do not refuse to die, but if there is nothing to what these men accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
After Festus conferred with his council, he replied, "You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you will go!"
After some days had passed, King Agrippaa 52-92. and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid a courtesy call on Festus.
Since they stayed there many days, Festus presented Paul's case to the king, saying, "There's a man who was left as a prisoner by Felix.
When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews presented their case and asked for a judgment against him.
I answered them that it's not the Romans' custom to give any man upb before the accused confronts the accusers face to face and has an opportunity to give a defense concerning the charge.
Therefore, when they had assembled here, I did not delay. The next day I sat at the judge's bench and ordered the man to be brought in.
Concerning him, the accusers stood up and brought no charge of the sort I was expecting.