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Paul before Festus

1 Festus then, having arrived in athe province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from bCaesarea. 2 And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews abrought charges against Paul, and they were urging him, 3 requesting a Iconcession against IIPaul, that he might IIIhave him brought to Jerusalem ([at the same time], asetting an ambush to kill him on the way). 4 Festus then aanswered that Paul bwas being kept in custody at cCaesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly. 5 “Therefore,” he *said, “let the influential men among you Igo there with me, and if there is anything wrong IIabout the man, let them IIIprosecute him.”

[1] aAc 23:34 bAc 8:40; 25:4, 6, 13
[2] aAc 24:1; 25:15
[3] IOr favor IILit him IIILit send for him to Jerusalem aAc 9:24
[4] aAc 25:16 bAc 24:23 cAc 8:40; 25:1, 6, 13
[5] ILit go down IILit in IIIOr accuse

6 ¶ After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to aCaesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on bthe tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing amany and serious charges against him bwhich they could not prove, 8 while Paul said in his own defense, “aI have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.” 9 But Festus, awishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “bAre you willing to go up to Jerusalem and Istand trial before me on these [charges]?” 10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s atribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to [the] Jews, as you also very well know. 11 If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is [true] of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I aappeal to Caesar.” 12 Then when Festus had conferred with Ihis council, he answered, “You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go.”

[6] aAc 8:40; 25:1, 4, 13 bMt 27:19; Ac 25:10, 17
[7] aAc 24:5f bAc 24:13
[8] aAc 6:13; 24:12; 28:17
[9] ILit be judged aAc 12:3; 24:27 bAc 25:20
[10] aMt 27:19; Ac 25:6, 17
[11] aAc 25:21, 25; 26:32; 28:19
[12] IA different group from that mentioned in Ac 4:15 and 24:20

13 ¶ Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at aCaesarea Iand paid their respects to Festus. 14 While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man who was aleft as a prisoner by Felix; 15 and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews abrought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. 16 I aanswered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before bthe accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges. 17 So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on athe tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me. 18 When the accusers stood up, they [began] bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting, 19 but they [simply] had some apoints of disagreement with him about their own Ibreligion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive. 20 aBeing at a loss how to investigate Isuch matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters. 21 But when Paul aappealed to be held in custody for Ithe Emperor’s decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar.” 22 Then aAgrippa [said] to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he *said, “you shall hear him.”

[13] ILit greeting Festus aAc 8:40; 25:1, 4, 6
[14] aAc 24:27
[15] aAc 24:1; 25:2
[16] aAc 25:4f bAc 23:30
[17] aMt 27:19; Ac 25:6, 10
[19] IOr superstition aAc 18:15; 23:29 bAc 17:22
[20] ILit these aAc 25:9
[21] ILit the Augustus’s (in this case Nero) aAc 25:11f
[22] aAc 9:15

Paul before Agrippa

23 ¶ So, on the next day when aAgrippa came Itogether with aBernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium IIaccompanied by the IIIcommanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. 24 Festus *said, “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom aall the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that bhe ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that he had committed anothing worthy of death; and since he himself bappealed to Ithe Emperor, I decided to send him. 26 IYet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you [all] and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”

[23] ILit and Bernice IILit and with IIII.e. chiliarchs, in command of one thousand troops aAc 25:13; 26:30
[24] aAc 25:2, 7 bAc 22:22
[25] IV 21, note 1 aLk 23:4; Ac 23:29 bAc 25:11f
[26] ILit About whom I have nothing definite


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

[1] Ac 18:22; 21:15; 23:34; 25:5.

The Jews accuse Paul before Festus.

2 Then 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, laying 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 Let 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 more 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 came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

[2] Jb 31:31; Pv 4:16; Ac 24:1; 25:15; Ro 3:12.
[3] 1S 23:19; Ps 37:32; 64:2; 140:1; Jr 18:18; 38:4; Mk 6:23; Lk 23:8; Jn 16:3; Ac 9:2; 23:12; 26:9; Ro 3:8.
[5] 1S 24:11; Ps 7:3; Jn 18:29; Ac 18:14; 23:30; 24:8; 25:16, 18, 25.
[6] Mt 27:19; Jn 19:13; Ac 18:12; 25:10, 17; 2Co 5:10; Jm 2:6.
[7] Ezr 4:15; Es 3:8; Ps 27:12; 35:11; Mt 5:11; 26:60; Mk 15:3; Lk 23:2, 10; Ac 21:28; 24:5, 13; 25:24; 1P 4:14.

He answereth for himself,

8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all. 9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt 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.

[8] Gn 40:15; Jr 37:18; Dn 6:22; Ac 6:13; 23:1; 24:6, 12, 17; 25:10; 28:17, 21; 2Co 1:12.
[9] Mk 15:15; Ac 12:3; 24:27; 25:3, 20.
[10] Mt 27:18, 23; Ac 16:37; 22:25; 23:29; 25:25; 26:31; 28:18; 2Co 4:2.

and appealeth unto Caesar.

11 For 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, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. 13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.

[11] Jsh 22:22; 1S 12:3; 27:1; Jb 31:21, 38; Ps 7:3; Ac 16:37; 18:14; 22:25; 25:10, 25; 26:32; 28:19; 1Th 2:15.
[12] Ps 76:10; Is 46:10; Lm 3:37; Dn 4:35; Ac 19:21; 23:11; 25:21; 26:32; 27:1; 28:16; Ro 15:28; Php 1:12, 20.
[13] 1S 13:10; 25:14; 2S 8:10; 2K 10:13; Mk 15:18; Ac 25:22; 26:1, 27.

Afterwards Festus openeth his matter to King Agrippa,

14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed [me], desiring [to have] judgment against him. 16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him. 17 Therefore, 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 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20 And because I 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 appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar. 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

[14] Ac 24:27.
[15] Es 3:9; Lk 18:3; 23:23; Ac 25:1.
[16] Dt 17:4; 19:17; Pv 18:13, 17; Jn 7:51; Ac 25:4; 26:1.
[17] Ac 25:6.
[19] Ac 1:22; 2:32; 17:22, 31; 18:15, 19; 23:29; 25:7; 26:22; 1Co 15:3, 14; Rv 1:18.
[20] Ac 25:9.
[21] Lk 2:1; Ac 25:10, 12; 26:32; 27:1; 2Ti 4:16.
[22] Is 52:15; Mt 10:18; Lk 21:12; Ac 9:15.

and he is brought forth.

23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye 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.

[23] Es 1:4; Ec 1:2; Is 5:14; 14:11; Ezk 7:24; 30:18; 32:12; 33:28; Dn 4:30; Ac 9:15; 12:21; 1Co 7:31; Jm 1:11; 1P 1:24; 1Jn 2:16.
[24] Lk 23:21; Ac 22:22; 25:2, 7.

Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of death.

25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed 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, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes [laid] against him.

[25] Lk 23:4, 14; Jn 18:38; Ac 23:9, 29; 25:11; 26:31.
[26] Ac 26:2.
[27] Pv 18:13; Jn 7:51.


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