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Chapter 25

Acts 25:1 Now when Festus had come into the province, after three days he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

Acts 25:2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and petitioned him,

Acts 25:3 and desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying an ambush on the way to kill him.

Acts 25:4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to depart there.

Acts 25:5 Let them therefore, he said, who among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

Acts 25:6 When he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

Acts 25:7 When he had come, the Jews who came down from Jerusalem stood around, and laid many grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

Acts 25:8 While he answered for himself, neither against the Law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended anything at all.

Acts 25:9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul, and said, do you want to go up to Jerusalem, and be judged there of these things before me?

Acts 25:10 Then Paul said, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as you very well know.

Acts 25:11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there are none of these things of which these accuse me, no man may deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.

Acts 25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, have you appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you will go!

Acts 25:13 After some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus.

Acts 25:14 When they had been there many days, Festus explained Paul’s case to the king, saying, there is a certain man left in prison by Felix:

Acts 25:15 about who, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, wanting to have judgment against him.

Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, it is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction, before he who is accused have the accusers face to face, and have opportunity to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.

Acts 25:17 Therefore, when they had come together, without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought out.

Acts 25:18 Against who when the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of such things as I supposed:

Acts 25:19 but had certain questions against him about their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead, who Paul affirmed to be alive.

Acts 25:20 Because I was perplexed being questioned on such matters, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.

Acts 25:21 But when Paul had appealed to be guarded for the Emperor’s examination, I commanded him to be kept until I might send him.

Acts 25:22 Then Agrippa said to Festus, I also desire to hear the man myself. Tomorrow, he said, you will hear him.

Acts 25:23 On the next day, when Agrippa had come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and had entered into the auditorium, with the chief captains, and leading men of the city, at Festus’ commandment Paul was brought out.

Acts 25:24 For Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men who are present here with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.

Acts 25:25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself has appealed to Emperor’s court, I have determined to send him.

Acts 25:26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him out before you, and especially before you, Oh King Agrippa, that, after investigating, I might have something to write.

Acts 25:27 For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not also to specify the crimes laid against him.