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Acts 25

Acts 25:1 When Festus had receaued the offyce, after thre dayes, he ascended from Cesarea vnto Ierusalem.

The Jews accuse Paul before Festus.

Acts 25:2 Then enformed him the hye prestes and the chefe of the Iewes, of Paul. And they besought hym, Acts 25:3 and desyred fauour agaynst hym, that he wolde sende for hym to Ierusalem: and they layde awayte for hym in the waye, to kyll hym. Acts 25:4 Festus answered, that Paul shulde be kept. at Cesarea, but that he hym selfe wold shorly departe thyther. Acts 25:5 Let them therfore (sayde he) which among you are able, come downe with vs, and accuse hym, yf there be any fawte in the man. Acts 25:6 When he had taryed there amonge them more then ten dayes, he wente downe vnto Cesarea and the nexte daye sat downe in the iudgement seate, and commaunded Paul to be brought. Acts 25:7 Which when he was come, the Iewes which were come from Ierusalem, stode aboute hym, and layde many and greueous complayntes agaynst Paul, whych they coulde not proue,

He answereth for himself,

Acts 25:8 as longe as he answered for hym self that he had nether agaynst the lawe of the Iewes, nether agaynst the temple, nor yet agaynst Cesar offended any thynge at all. Acts 25:9 Festus wyllynge to do the Iewes a pleasure, answered Paul, and sayde: wylt thou go vp to Ierusalem, and there be iudged of these thynges before me? Acts 25:10 Then sayde Paul: I stande at Cesares iudgement seate, where I ought to be iudged. To the Iewes haue I no harme done, as thou very well knowest.

and appealeth unto Caesar.

Acts 25:11 If I haue hurte them, or commytted any thyng worthy of death, I refuse not to dye. If no one of these thynges are, where of they accuse me, no man maye delyuer me to them, I appeale vnto Cesar. Acts 25:12 Then spake Festus with deliberacyon, and answered: Thou hast appealed vnto Cesar: vnto Cesar shalt thou go. Acts 25:13 And after a certayne dayes, kinge Agripa and Bernice came vnto Cesarea to salute Festus.

Afterwards Festus openeth his matter to King Agrippa,

Acts 25:14 And whan they had bene there a good ceason, Festus rehearsed Paules cause vnto the kynge, sayinge: there is a certayne man lefte in preson of Felix, Acts 25:15 aboute whom whan I came to Ierusalem, the hye prestes and elders of the Iewes enfourmed me, and desyred to haue iudgement agaynst hym. Acts 25:16 To whom I answered: It is not the maner of the Romaynes, for fauoure to delyuer any man, that he shulde perysshe, before that he which is accused, haue the accusars before hym, and haue lycence to answere for hym selfe, concernynge the cryme layde agaynst hym. Acts 25:17 Therfore, whan they were come hyther, withoute any delaye, on the morowe I sate to geue iudgment, and commaunded the man to be brought forth. Acts 25:18 Agaynst whom, whan the accusars stode vp, they brought noone accusacion of soch thynges as I supposed: Acts 25:19 but had certen questious agaynst hym of theyr awne supersticion, and of one Iesus which was deed, whom Paul affyrmed to be alyue. Acts 25:20 And because I douted of soche maner of questions, I asked hym, whether he wolde go to Ierusalem, and there be iudged of these matters. Acts 25:21 But whan Paul had appealed to be kepte vnto the knowledge of Cesar, I commaunded hym to be kepte, tyll I myght sende hym to Cesar. Acts 25:22 Agripa sayde vnto Festus: I wolde also heare the man my selfe. Tomorowe, (sayde he) thou shalt heare hym.

and he is brought forth.

Acts 25:23 And on the morowe whan Agripa was come and Bernice, with greate pompe, and were entred into the councell house, with the captaynes and chefe men of the cytie, at Festus commaundement was Paul brought forth. Acts 25:24 And Festus sayde: kyng Agripa, & all ye men which are heare present with vs, ye se thys man, about whom all the multitude of the Iewes haue intreated me, both at Ierusalem and also here cryinge, that he ought not to lyue any lenger.

Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of death.

Acts 25:25 Yet founde I nothyng worthy of death, that he had committed. Neuertheles, seying that he hath appealed to Cesar, I haue determined to send hym. Acts 25:26 Of whom I haue no certayne thyng to write vnto my lord. Wherfore, I haue brought hym vnto you, and specially vnto the: O kynge Agripa, that after examinacyon had, I myght haue sumwhat to wryte. Acts 25:27 For me thincketh it vnreasonable, for to sende a presoner, and not to shewe the causes which are layde agaynst hym.

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