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

 
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1 Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem 1 Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,
2 where the chief priests and the leaders of the Jews gave him a report against Paul. They appealed to him 2 where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
3 and requested, as a favor to them against Paul, to have him transferred to Jerusalem. They were, in fact, planning an ambush to kill him along 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 Caesarea, 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," he said, "let those of you who have the authority come 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 After he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; 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 When he arrived, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem surrounded him, bringing many serious charges against him, 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, "I have in no way committed an offense against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against the emperor." 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, asked Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?" 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 Paul said, "I am appealing to the emperor's tribunal; this is where I should be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know. 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 Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor." 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, after he had conferred with his council, replied, "You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you will go." 12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"