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."
13Now when severaldays had elapsed, KingAgrippa and Bernicearrived at 17Caesareaiand paid their respects to Festus.
14While they were spendingmanydaysthere, FestuslaidPaul'scase before the king, saying, "There is a man who was 18left as a prisoner by Felix;
and when I was at Jerusalem, the chiefpriests and the elders of the Jews19broughtchargesagainst him, asking for a sentence of condemnationagainst him.
"I 20answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over anymanbefore21the accusedmeets his accusersface to face and has an opportunity to make his defenseagainst the charges.
17"So after they had assembledhere, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on 22the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me.
"When the accusersstood up, they began bringingchargesagainst him not of suchcrimes as I was expecting,
but they simply hadsome23points of disagreement with him about their ownj24religion and about a deadman, Jesus, whomPaulasserted to be alive.
"25Being at a losshow to investigateksuch matters, I askedwhether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and therestandtrial on these matters.
"But when Paul26appealed to be held in custody for lthe Emperor'sdecision, I ordered him to be kept in custodyuntil I send him to Caesar."
22Then27Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the manmyself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him."
23So, on the nextday when 28Agrippacamemtogether with 29Berniceamidgreatpomp, and entered the auditoriumnaccompanied by the ocommanders and the prominentmen of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
24Festussaid, "KingAgrippa, and all you gentlemenherepresent with us, you seethismanaboutwhom30all the people of the Jewsappealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudlydeclaring that 31he ought not to liveanylonger.
"But I found that he had committed32nothingworthy of death; and since he himself33appealed to pthe Emperor, I decided to send him.
"qYet I havenothingdefiniteabout him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especiallybefore you, KingAgrippa, so that after the investigation has takenplace, I may havesomething to write.
"For it seemsabsurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicatealso the chargesagainst him."