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Acts 25:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 requesting a aconcession against bPaul, that he might chave him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, 1setting an ambush to kill him on the way ). 4 Festus then 2answered that Paul 3was being kept in custody at 4Caesarea 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 5Caesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on 6the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing 7many and serious charges against him 8which they could not prove, 8 while Paul said in his own defense, "9I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar." 9 But Festus, 10wishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "11Are 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 12tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know. 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 13appeal to Caesar." 12 Then when Festus had conferred with hhis 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 14Caesarea iand paid their respects to Festus.
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