Acts 25

1The Jews accuse Paul to Festus, first at Jerusalem, and afterward at Caesarea: 8he answereth for himself, and appealeth to Caesar: his appeal is admitted. 13Festus being visited by king Agrippa openeth the matter to him, who desireth to hear Paul. 23Paul is brought forth; Festus declareth he found nothing in him worthy of death.

1 Now when Festus was come into the 1province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

2 1Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

3 And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, 1laying wait in the way to kill him.

4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.

5 1Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

6 And when he had tarried among them amore than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

7 And when he was come, the Jews which 1came down from Jerusalem stood round about, 2and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

8 While he answered for himself, 1Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

9 But Festus, 1willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, 2Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?

10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.

11 1For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, 2no man may deliver me unto them. 3I appeal unto Caesar.

12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? 1unto Caesar shalt thou go.

13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.

14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, 1There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:

15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, 1the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.

16 To whom I answered, 1It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that 2he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.

17 1Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth.

18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:

19 1But had certain questions against him of their own 2superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

20 And because aI doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters.

21 But when Paul had 1appealed to be reserved unto the ahearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar.

22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, 1I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with 1great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment 2Paul was brought forth.

24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom 1all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that 2he ought not to live any longer.

25 But when I found that he had committed 1nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath 2appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.

26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, 1and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.

27 For 1it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.