Acts Chapter 25
1 Now when Festus was come into the provinceafter three dayshe ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed himagainst Pauland besought him
3 And desired favour against himthat he would send for him toJerusalemlaying wait in the way to kill him.
4 But Festus answeredthat Paul should be kept at Caesareaandthat he himself would depart shortly thither.
5 Let them thereforesaid hewhich among you are ablego downwith meand accuse this manif there be any wickedness inhim.
6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten dayshe wentdown unto Caesareaand the next day sitting on the judgmentseat commanded Paul to be brought.
7 And when he was comethe Jews which came down from Jerusalemstood round aboutand laid many and grievous complaintsagainst Paulwhich they could not prove.
8 While he answered for himselfNeither against the law of theJewsneither against the templenor yet against CaesarhaveI offended any thing at all.
9 But Festuswilling to do the Jews a pleasureanswered Pauland saidWilt thou go up to Jerusalemand there be judged ofthese things before me
10 Then said PaulI stand at Caesar s judgment seatwhere Iought to be judgedto the Jews have I done no wrongas thouvery well knowest.
11 For if I be an offenderor have committed any thing worthy ofdeathI refuse not to diebut if there be none of thesethings whereof these accuse meno man may deliver me untothem. I appeal unto Caesar.
12 Then Festuswhen he had conferred with the councilansweredHast thou appealed unto Caesarunto Caesar shalt thou go.
13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came untoCaesarea to salute Festus.
14 And when they had been there many daysFestus declared Paul scause unto the kingsayingThere is a certain man left inbonds by Felix
15 About whomwhen I was at Jerusalemthe chief priests and theelders of the Jews informed medesiring to have judgmentagainst him.
16 To whom I answeredIt is not the manner of the Romans todeliver any man to diebefore that he which is accused havethe accusers face to faceand have licence to answer forhimself concerning the crime laid against him.
17 Thereforewhen they were come hitherwithout any delay onthe morrow I sat on the judgment seatand commanded the manto be brought forth.
18 Against whom when the accusers stood upthey brought noneaccusation of such things as I supposed
19 But had certain questions against him of their ownsuperstitionand of one Jesuswhich was deadwhom Paulaffirmed to be alive.
20 And because I doubted of such manner of questionsI asked himwhether he would go to Jerusalemand there be judged of thesematters.
21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing ofAugustusI commanded him to be kept till I might send him toCaesar.
22 Then Agrippa said unto FestusI would also hear the manmyself. To morrowsaid hethou shalt hear him.
23 And on the morrowwhen Agrippa was comeand Bernicewithgreat pompand was entered into the place of hearingwiththe chief captainsand principal men of the cityat Festuscommandment Paul was brought forth.
24 And Festus saidKing Agrippaand all men which are herepresent with usye see this manabout whom all the multitudeof the Jews have dealt with meboth at Jerusalemand alsoherecrying that he ought not to live any longer.
25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy ofdeathand that he himself hath appealed to AugustusI havedetermined to send him.
26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord.Wherefore I have brought him forth before youand speciallybefore theeO king Agrippathatafter examination hadImight have somewhat to write.
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisonerand notwithal to signify the crimes laid against him.