3requesting a aconcessionagainstbPaul, that he might chave him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, 1setting an ambush to kill him on the way ).
4Festusthen2answered that Paul3was being kept in custody at 4Caesarea 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 5Caesarea, and on the nextday he took his seat on 6the tribunal and orderedPaul to be brought.
After Paul arrived, the Jews who had comedown from Jerusalemstoodaround him, bringing7many and seriouschargesagainst him 8which they could not prove,
while Paulsaid in his own defense, "9I have committednooffenseeitheragainst the Law of the Jewsoragainst the templeoragainstCaesar."
But Festus, 10wishing to do the Jews a favor, answeredPaul and said, "11Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and gstandtrialbefore me on these charges?"
But Paulsaid, "I amstandingbeforeCaesar's12tribunal, 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 13appeal 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 14Caesareaiand paid their respects to Festus.