1 Three days after Festus ar rived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusa lem. 2 There the chief priests and the el ders accused Paul again. 3 In a very hypo critical way, they asked as a fa vor from Festus that Paul be brought to Jerusalem
6 Festus did not stay in Jerusalem for more than eight or ten days, and then he went to Caesarea. The next day, he took his seat on the tribunal and sent for Paul. 7 When Paul ar rived, the Jews who came from Jeru salem stood around him and presented many serious charges that they could not prove. 8 Paul defended himself from all these saying, I have not committed any offense against the Law of the Jews, or against the Temple or against Caesar.
9 Then Festus, who wanted to please the Jews, asked Paul: Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem to be tried before me? 10 Paul an swered, I am on trial before Caesars tribunal
12 So Festus, after conferring with his council, answered, You have ap pealed to Caesar. To Cae sar you shall go.
13 Some days later King Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrived in Cae sarea to greet Fes tus. As they were to stay there several days, Festus told the king about Pauls case and said to him,
14 We have here a man whom Felix left as a prisoner. 15 When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews accused him and asked me to sentence him. 16 I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over a man without giving him an opportunity to defend himself in front of his accusers. 17 So they came and I took my seat without delay on the tribunal and sent for the man.
18 When the accusers had the floor, they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think he had committed
23 On the following day, Ag rip pa and Bernice arrived with great ceremony and entered the audience hall with the commanders and the elders of the city. Festus ordered that Paul be brought in and said:
24 King Agrippa and all here present, here you see this man about whom the whole community of the Jews came to see me, in Jerusalem as well as here, protesting loudly that he must not live. 25 I, for my part, am convinced that he has not done anything that deserves death. But after he appealed to be judged by the emperor, I decided to send him on. 26 Well, if I have no definite information, what can I write to Caesar about him? Therefore I present him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, that you may examine him and that I may know what to write. 27 For it seems absurd to me to send a prisoner without indicating the charges against him.