Atos 25

1 Festus therefore having entered upon the prefecture, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.

2 Appeared before and him the high–priest and the chiefs of the Jews against the Paul, and entreated him,

3 asking a favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; an ambush forming to kill him in the way.

4 The indeed then Festus answered, to be kept the Paul in Caesarea, himself but to be about with speed to go out.

5 Those therefore among you, he says, being able, having gone down with, if anything is in the man, let them accuse him.

6 Having remained and among them days not more eight or ten, having gone down into Caesarea, on the morrow having sat down on the judgment–seat, he commanded the Paul to be led forth.

7 Having approached and of him, stood around the from Jerusalem having been come down Jews, many and heavy accusations bring against the Paul, which not they were able to point out;

8 saying in defence of him: That neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar any thing did I wrong.

9 The Fetus but, with the Jews wishing a favor to lay for himself, answering to the Paul said: Art thou willing to Jerusalem having gone up, there concerning these things to be judged before me?

10 Said and the Paul: At the judgment–seat of Caesar standing I am, where me it behooves to be judged. Jews nothing I have done wrong, as also thou full well hast ascertained.

11 If indeed for I am unjust, and worthy of death I have done any thing, not I refuse the to die; if but nothing is of which these accuse me, no one me is able to them to give as a favor. Caesar I call upon.

12 Then the Festus having conferred with the council, answered: Caesar thou hast called upon; to Caesar thou shalt go.

13 Days and having intervened some, Agrippa the king and Bernice came down to Caesarea, paying their respects to the Festus.

14 When and many days they remained there, the Festus to the king submitted the things against the Paul, saying: A man certain is having been left behind by Felix a prisoner;

15 concerning whom, being of me in Jerusalem, gave information the high–priests and the elders of the Jews, asking against him a judgment.

16 To whom I answered, that not it is a custom for Romans to give as a favor any man, before he being accused face to face may have the accusers, an opportunity and of defence he may take concerning the accusation.

17 Having come therefore of them here, delay none having made, on the next day having sat down on the judgment–seat, I commanded to be brought the man.

18 Concerning whom having stood up the accusers no one accusation brought, of things supposed I;

19 questions but certain concerning of the own religion they had with him, and concerning one Jesus having been dead, whom affirmed the Paul to believe.

20 Being in doubt but I on that concerning this question, I said, if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem, and there to be judged concerning these things.

21 The but Paul having appealed to be kept himself for the of the Augustus decision, I commanded to be kept him, till I could send him to Caesar.

22 Agrippa but to the Festus said: I was wishing also myself the man to hear. The and morrow, he said, thou shalt hear him.

23 On the therefore morrow having come the Agrippa and the Bernice with great display, and having entered into the place of hearing, with both the commanders and men those principal being of the city, and having commanded the Festus, was brought the Paul.

24 And said the Festus: Agrippa O king, and all those things being present with us men, you see this, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews applied to me in both Jerusalem and here, crying out not to be right to live him longer.

25 I but having detected nothing worthy of death him to have done, also of him and of this having appealed to the Augustus, I resolved to send him.

26 Concerning whom certain any thing to write to the lord, not I have, therefore I led forth him before you, and especially before thee, O king Agrippa, so that the examination having taken place I may have something to write.

27 Absurd for to me it seems sending a prisoner, not and the against him charges to signify.