After he had spent not more than eightortendaysamong them, he wentdown to 1Caesarea, and on the nextday he took his seat on 2the tribunal and orderedPaul to be brought.
After Paul arrived, the Jews who had comedown from Jerusalemstoodaround him, bringing3many and seriouschargesagainst him 4which they could not prove,
while Paulsaid in his own defense, "5I have committednooffenseeitheragainst the Law of the Jewsoragainst the templeoragainstCaesar."
But Festus, 6wishing to do the Jews a favor, answeredPaul and said, "7Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and astandtrialbefore me on these charges?"
But Paulsaid, "I amstandingbeforeCaesar's8tribunal, 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 9appeal to Caesar."
12Then when Festus had conferred with bhis council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go."
13Now when severaldays had elapsed, KingAgrippa and Bernicearrived at 10Caesareacand paid their respects to Festus.
14While they were spendingmanydaysthere, FestuslaidPaul'scase before the king, saying, "There is a man who was 11left as a prisoner by Felix ;
and when I was at Jerusalem, the chiefpriests and the elders of the Jews12broughtchargesagainst him, asking for a sentence of condemnationagainst him.
"I 13answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over anymanbefore14the accusedmeets his accusersface to face and has an opportunity to make his defenseagainst the charges.