Acts 25:1 When Festus was then come into the prouince, after three dayes he went vp from Caesarea vnto Hierusalem.
The Jews accuse Paul before Festus.
Acts 25:2 Then the high Priest, and the chiefe of the Iewes appeared before him against Paul: and they besought him, Acts 25:3 And desired fauour against him, that hee would send for him to Hierusalem: and they layd waite to kill him by the way. Acts 25:4 But Festus answered, that Paul should bee kept at Caesarea, and that he himselfe would shortly depart thither. Acts 25:5 Let them therefore, saide he, which among you are able, come downe with vs: and if there be any wickednes in the man, let them accuse him. Acts 25:6 Now when he had taried among them no more then ten dayes, hee went downe to Caesarea, and the next day sate in the iudgement seat, and commaunded Paul to be brought. Acts 25:7 And when hee was come, the Iewes which were come fro Hierusalem, stoode about him and layd many and grieuous complaints against Paul, whereof they could make no plaine proofe,
He answereth for himself,
Acts 25:8 Forasmuch as he answered, that he had neither offended any thing against the lawe of the Iewes, neither against ye temple, nor against Caesar. Acts 25:9 Yet Festus willing to get fauour of the Iewes, answered Paul and saide, Wilt thou goe vp to Hierusalem, and there be iudged of these things before mee? Acts 25:10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesars iudgment seate, where I ought to be iudged: to the Iewes I haue done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.
and appealeth unto Caesar.
Acts 25:11 For if I haue done wrong, or committed any thing worthie of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof they accuse me, no man, to pleasure them, can deliuer me to them: I appeale vnto Caesar. Acts 25:12 Then when Festus had spoken with the Council, hee answered, Hast thou appealed vnto Caesar? vnto Caesar shalt thou goe. Acts 25:13 And after certaine dayes, King Agrippa and Bernice came downe to Caesarea to salute Festus.
Afterwards Festus openeth his matter to King Agrippa,
Acts 25:14 And when they had remained there many dayes, Festus declared Pauls cause vnto the King, saying, There is a certaine man left in prison by Felix, Acts 25:15 Of whom when I came to Hierusalem, the high Priestes and Elders of the Iewes informed me, and desired to haue iudgement against him. Acts 25:16 To whome I answered, that it is not the maner of the Romanes for fauour to deliuer any man to the death, before that hee which is accused, haue the accusers before him, and haue place to defend himselfe, concerning the crime. Acts 25:17 Therefore when they were come hither, without delay the day following I sate on the iudgement seate, and commaunded the man to be brought foorth. Acts 25:18 Against whom when the accusers stood vp, they brought no crime of such things as I supposed: Acts 25:19 But had certaine questions against him of their owne superstition, and of one Iesus which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be aliue. Acts 25:20 And because I doubted of such maner of question, I asked him whether he would goe to Hierusalem, and there be iudged of these things. Acts 25:21 But because he appealed to be reserued to the examination of Augustus, I commaunded him to be kept, till I mght send him to Cesar. Acts 25:22 Then Agrippa sayd vnto Festus, I would also heare the man my selfe. To morowe, sayd he, thou shalt heare him.
and he is brought forth.
Acts 25:23 And on the morowe when Agrippa was come and Bernice with great pompe, and were entred into the Common hall with the chiefe captaines and chiefe men of the citie, at Festus commandement Paul was brought forth. Acts 25:24 And Festus sayd, King Agrippa, & all men which are present with vs, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Iewes haue called vpon me, both at Hierusalem, and here, crying, that he ought not to liue any longer.
Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of death.
Acts 25:25 Yet haue I found nothing worthy of death, that he hath committed: neuertheles, seeing that he hath appealed to Augustus, I haue determined to send him. Acts 25:26 Of whome I haue no certaine thing to write vnto my Lord: wherefore I haue brought him forth vnto you, and specially vnto thee, King Agrippa, that after examination had, I might haue somewhat to write. Acts 25:27 For me thinketh it vnreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to shewe the causes which are layde against him.