Acts 25:1-12 NIV

The Trial Before Festus

1 Three days after arriving in the province, Festus1 went up from Caesarea2 to Jerusalem,

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2 where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.3

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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

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4 Festus answered, "Paul is being held5 at Caesarea,6 and I myself am going there soon.

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5 Let some of your leaders come with me and press charges against the man there, if he has done anything wrong."
6 After spending eight or ten days with them, he went down to Caesarea, and the next day he convened the court7 and ordered that Paul be brought before him.8

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      7 When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him,9 which they could not prove.10

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      8 Then Paul made his defense: "I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple11 or against Caesar."

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      9 Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor,12 said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?"13

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          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,14 as you yourself know very well.

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              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!"15

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                  12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!"