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1 Three days after Festus arrived in Caesarea to take over his new responsibilities, he left for Jerusalem, 1 Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,
2 where the leading priests and other Jewish leaders met with him and made their accusations against Paul. 2 where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
3 They asked Festus as a favor to transfer Paul to Jerusalem. (Their plan was to waylay and kill him.) 3 They urgently requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.
4 But Festus replied that Paul was at Caesarea and he himself would be returning there soon. 4 Festus answered, "Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.
5 So he said, "Those of you in authority can return with me. If Paul has done anything wrong, you can make your accusations." 5 Let some of your leaders come with me and press charges against the man there, if he has done anything wrong."
6 Eight or ten days later he returned to Caesarea, and on the following day Paul's trial began. 6 After spending eight or ten days with them, he went down to Caesarea, and the next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him.
7 On Paul's arrival in court, the Jewish leaders from Jerusalem gathered around and made many serious accusations they couldn't prove. 7 When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove.
8 Paul denied the charges. "I am not guilty," he said. "I have committed no crime against the Jewish laws or the Temple or the Roman government." 8 Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."
9 Then Festus, wanting to please the Jews, asked him, "Are you willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there?" 9 Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"
10 But Paul replied, "No! This is the official Roman court, so I ought to be tried right here. You know very well I am not guilty. 10 Paul answered: "I am now standing before Caesar's court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well.
11 If I have done something worthy of death, I don't refuse to die. But if I am innocent, neither you nor anyone else has a right to turn me over to these men to kill me. I appeal to Caesar!" 11 If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
12 Festus conferred with his advisers and then replied, "Very well! You have appealed to Caesar, and to Caesar you shall go!" 12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"
13 A few days later King Agrippa arrived with his sister, Bernice, to pay their respects to Festus. 13 A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.
14 During their stay of several days, Festus discussed Paul's case with the king. "There is a prisoner here," he told him, "whose case was left for me by Felix. 14 Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul's case with the king. He said: "There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner.
15 When I was in Jerusalem, the leading priests and other Jewish leaders pressed charges against him and asked me to sentence him. 15 When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.
16 Of course, I quickly pointed out to them that Roman law does not convict people without a trial. They are given an opportunity to defend themselves face to face with their accusers." 16 "I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over any man before he has faced his accusers and has had an opportunity to defend himself against their charges.
17 "When they came here for the trial, I called the case the very next day and ordered Paul brought in. 17 When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in.
18 But the accusations made against him weren't at all what I expected. 18 When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.
19 It was something about their religion and about someone called Jesus who died, but whom Paul insists is alive. 19 Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.
20 I was perplexed as to how to conduct an investigation of this kind, and I asked him whether he would be willing to stand trial on these charges in Jerusalem. 20 I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.
21 But Paul appealed to the emperor. So I ordered him back to jail until I could arrange to send him to Caesar." 21 When Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."
22 "I'd like to hear the man myself," Agrippa said.And Festus replied, "You shall -- tomorrow!" 22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, "I would like to hear this man myself." He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."
23 So the next day Agrippa and Bernice arrived at the auditorium with great pomp, accompanied by military officers and prominent men of the city. Festus ordered that Paul be brought in. 23 The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high ranking officers and the leading men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
24 Then Festus said, "King Agrippa and all present, this is the man whose death is demanded both by the local Jews and by those in Jerusalem. 24 Festus said: "King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But in my opinion he has done nothing worthy of death. However, he appealed his case to the emperor, and I decided to send him. 25 I found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.
26 But what shall I write the emperor? For there is no real charge against him. So I have brought him before all of you, and especially you, King Agrippa, so that after we examine him, I might have something to write. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write.
27 For it doesn't seem reasonable to send a prisoner to the emperor without specifying the charges against him!" 27 For I think it is unreasonable to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him."