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Acts 25:1-12 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now when Festus had come into his province, after three days he went up to Jerusalem from Caesare'a. 1 Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,
2 And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they urged him, 2 where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
3 asking as a favor to have the man sent to Jerusalem, planning an ambush to kill him on the way. 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 Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesare'a, and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 4 Festus answered, "Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.
5 "So," said he, "let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them accuse him." 5 Let some of your leaders come with me and press charges against the man there, if he has done anything wrong."
6 When he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesare'a; and the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 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 And when he had come, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem stood about him, bringing against him many serious charges which they could not 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 said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended at all." 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 But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem, and there be tried on these charges before me?" 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 said, "I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried; to the Jews I have done no wrong, as you know very well. 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 then I am a wrongdoer, and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death; but if there is nothing in their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. 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 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar; 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!"