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Acts 25:11-21 (New American Standard)

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11 "If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I 1appeal to Caesar." 12 Then when Festus had conferred with ahis council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go." 13 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at 2Caesarea band paid their respects to Festus. 14 While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man who was 3left as a prisoner by Felix; 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews 4brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 "I 5answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before 6the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges. 17 "So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on 7the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me. 18 "When the accusers stood up, they began bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting, 19 but they simply had some 8points of disagreement with him about their own c9religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 "10Being at a loss how to investigate dsuch matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters. 21 "But when Paul 11appealed to be held in custody for ethe Emperor's decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar."
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