1. After* Festus came to Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem.
2. And the chief high priests and leaders of the Jews, informed him about Paul.
3. And they wanted from him, as they asked, "Send for him to be brought to Jerusalem," while they planned to ambush him on the road, to kill him.
4. And Festus came back with an argument, "Paul will be under guard in Caesarea and I shall hasten to leave soon.
5. "For those of you who [feel this way,] it is well within your reach to come down with us and accuse him of whatever offense he has [committed.]"
6. After* he was there eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And on the following day he sat on the podium and ordered them to bring Paul down.
7. And as he came, the Jews who came down from Jerusalem, surrounded him and discharged many lies against him, which they could not prove.*
8. And Paul replied through the holy Spirit, that he said nothing foolish, neither about the Laws of the Jews, nor the temple, nor Caesar.
9. Festus, however, because he wanted to bring reconciliation* between the Jews, said to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem, and there be on trial for [these charges] before me?"
10. Paul replied and said, "I am standing in the court of Caesar, to be judged according to his law.* I have not sinned against the Jews, as you well know.
11. "And if I have committed a foolishness, or something that deserves death, I will not plead for my life.* If, however, there is nothing to the charges of which they accuse me, no one* should present me to them. I call on Caesar himself."
12. Then Festus spoke to the members of his council and said, "You call on Caesar himself? You shall go to Caesar!"
13. And after some days passed,* King Agrippa and Bernice went down to Caesarea to welcome Festus.*
14. And while he was with them for some days, Festus related to the king about Paul's trial, saying, "A man has been left prisoner by Felix.*
15. "And while I was at Jerusalem, the chief high priests and the priests of the Jews informed me about him, and they wanted me to put him on trial for them.
16. "And I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to present a human being with a death [sentence] until his enemies have attacked him to his face, and he has been given the opportunity to reveal what is in his soul regarding what he has been charged with.
17. "And when I came here, it was not more than a day later, I sat on the podium, and I asked them to bring me the man.
18. "And his accusers stood up by him, and they did not find any evil evidence to show against him, as was to be expected.
19. "They had this and that at issue* with him, regarding their fears,* and about Jesus the man* who died, whom Paul claims is still alive.
20. "And because I could not predicate their request, I said to Paul, 'Do you want to go to Jerusalem and there be tried about these things?'
21. "However, he called for the justice of Caesar,* and I ordered that he be held in custody* until I send him to Caesar."
22. Agrippa then said,* "I wish to hear this man out." And Festus said, "Tomorrow you shall hear him."
23. And on the following day, Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered the courthouse, together with the commanders and city leaders, and Festus ordered and Paul came.
24. And Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all you men who are with us, concerning this man that you see, all the Jewish people who approached me in Jerusalem and here, have cried out that he does not deserve to be alive.*
25. "I, however, ascertained that he is not guilty of anything that deserves death, and since he wants to uphold the justice of Caesar, I ordered that he be thus dispatched.
26. "And I do not know what to write about him to Caesar. And this is why I have wished to bring him before you, King Agrippa, that of what may be asked in his trial, I can find out what to write.
27. "For it is not lawful when sending a man prisoner, without writing about his crime."*
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*25:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And as."
*25:6 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And as."
*25:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And muck, plenty and thick, they brought after him, which they could not show."
*25:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Awaken goodness."
*25:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "I am standing before at the bench of Caesar, thusly is it [for him] how he endows me with judgment."
*25:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "I will not ask from death."
*25:11.2 Lit. Ar. id: "Human [being.]"
*25:13.1 Lit. Ar. expression: "And as days became."
*25:13.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "To ask for the peace of Festus."
*25:14 Lit. Ar. expression: "From the hands of."
*25:19.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Quibbles."
*25:19.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Religious beliefs."
*25:19.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*25:21.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Asked for guardianship of being tried by Caesar."
*25:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Guarded."
*25:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And said Agrippa."
*25:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "While they cried that not again it is lawful for him, to this one to live."
*25:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "To write his foolishness."