Acts 25:8-18 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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!"
13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Berni'ce arrived at Caesare'a to welcome Festus. 13 A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.
14 And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man left prisoner 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 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews gave information about him, asking for sentence against 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 I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up any one before the accused met the accusers face to face, and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. 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 therefore they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be 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 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed; 18 When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected.