Acts 25:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Paul before Festus

1 Festus then, having arrived in 1the province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from 2Caesarea. 2 And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews 3brought charges against Paul, and they were urging him, 3 requesting a aconcession against bPaul, that he might chave him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, 4setting an ambush to kill him on the way ). 4 Festus then 5answered that Paul 6was being kept in custody at 7Caesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly. 5 "Therefore," he said, "let the influential men among you dgo there with me, and if there is anything wrong eabout the man, let them fprosecute him." 6 After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to 8Caesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on 9the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing 10many and serious charges against him 11which they could not prove, 8 while Paul said in his own defense, "12I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar." 9 But Festus, 13wishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "14Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and gstand trial before me on these charges?" 10 But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's 15tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know.
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