Now it happened that after three days, he called together those who were the most prominent of the Jews. And [when]a they had assembled, he said to them, "Men [and] brothers, [although]b I had done nothing against [our]c people or the customs of our fathers, from Jerusalem I was delivered [as] a prisoner into the hands of the Romans,
who, [when they]d had examined me, were wanting to release [me],e because there was no basis for an accusation [worthy] of death with me.
But [because]f the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar (not as [if I]g had any [charge] to bring against my [own] people).h20
Therefore for this reason I have requested to see you and to speak with [you],i for because of the hope of Israel I am wearing this chain!"
And they said to him, "We have received no letters about you from Judea, nor has any of the brothers come [and]j reported or spoken anything evil about you.
But we would like to hear from you what you think, for concerning this sect it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere."