Acts 25

CHAPTER 25

Paul Appears before Festus

Then Festus, having set foot in the jurisdiction, after three days ascended unto Jerusalem from Caesarea. [4revealed 1And 5to him 2the 3chief priest] and the foremost men of the Jews the things against Paul, and they appealed to him, asking a favor against him, that he should fetch him unto Jerusalem, [2an ambush 1while making] to do away with him along the way. Then Festus responded for Paul to be kept in Caesarea, but he himself was about to quickly go forth. The ones then mighty among you, says he, having gone down too, if anything is out of place in this man, let them accuse him. And having spent time among them [4days 1more 2than 3ten], having gone down unto Caesarea, the next day having sat upon the rostrum, he bid Paul to be led in. [3being come 1And 2he], there stood around the [3from 4Jerusalem 2having come down 1Jews], with many and grievous accusations bringing against Paul, which they were not able to exhibit, while of his pleading, saying that, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar in anything I sinned. And Festus, [4with the 5Jews 1wanting 3favor 2to lay down], responding to Paul, said, Are you willing [2unto 3Jerusalem 1to ascend 7there 8concerning 9these things 4to be judged 5by 6me]? 10 [3said 1And 2Paul], Unto the rostrum of Caesar I am standing, of which it is necessary for me to be judged. To Jews I did no wrong, as also you well realize. 11 [2if 3indeed 1For] I do wrong, and [3worthy 4of death 1have acted 2in anything], I do not ask pardon to die; but if there is nothing of which they charge me, no one [3me 1can 4to them 2grant]. To Caesar I call upon. 12 Then Festus conversing together with the council responded, To Caesar you have called upon, unto Caesar you shall go.

Bernice and Agrippa

13 [3days 1And 4having elapsed 2some], Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, saluting Festus. 14 And when [2many 3days 1they spent] there, Festus the king presented the things relating to Paul, saying, [3man 2a certain 1There is] being left by Felix, a prisoner; 15 concerning whom on my being in Jerusalem, [8revealed 1the 2chief priests 3and 4the 5elders 6of the 7Jews], asking for [2against 3him 1punishment]. 16 To whom I answered that, It is not the custom with Romans to grant any man for destruction, before the practice the one being accused [4face to face 1may have 2the 3accusers], and [2a place 3of defense 1may receive] concerning the indictment. 17 [3having come 1Then 2they] here, [3delay 1not 2making], in the next day having seated at the rostrum, I bid [3to be led in 1the 2man]; 18 concerning whom, [3standing up 1the 2accusers], [2no 3accusation 1brought] which I suspected; 19 [3matters 1but 2certain] concerning their own reverence of God they had against him, and concerning a certain Jesus having died, whom Paul maintained to be alive. 20 [3being perplexed 1And 2I] concerning this inquiry, said, Shall he be willing to go unto Jerusalem, and there to be judged concerning these things? 21  But Paul, having called upon himself to be kept for the inquiry of Augustus, I bid to keep him until of which time I should send him forth to Caesar. 22 And Agrippa [2to 3Festus 1said], I wanted also myself [2the 3man 1to hear]. And the morrow, he says, you shall hear him. 23 Then in the next day [4having come 1Agrippa 2and 3Bernice] with much visible display, and having entered into the auditorium, with both the commanders, and men, the ones of prominence being of the city, and Festus having bid, Paul was led in. 24 And Festus says, O king Agrippa, and all the [2being present with 3us 1men], you view this one concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews interceded with me in both Jerusalem and here, yelling aloud [2must not 3live 1he] any longer. 25 And I having perceived [3nothing 4worthy 5of death 1he 2to have done], [3also 4himself 1and 2this one] having called upon Augustus, I judged to send him. 26 Concerning whom [2anything safe 3to write 4to my 5lord 1I have not]. Therefore I led him unto you, and especially unto you, O king Agrippa, so that the examination having taken place, I should have something to write. 27 [3illogical 1For 4to me 2it seems] to send forth a prisoner, and not [2the 4against 5him 3accusations 1signifying].
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