Acts 25:6-21

6After he had stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea; the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.7When he arrived, the Jews who had gone down from Jerusalem surrounded him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove.8Paul said in his defense, “I have in no way committed an offense against the law of the Jews, or against the temple, or against the emperor.”9But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and be tried there before me on these charges?”10Paul said, “I am appealing to the emperor's tribunal; this is where I should be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you very well know.11Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor.”12Then Festus, after he had conferred with his council, replied, “You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you will go.”Festus Consults King Agrippa 13After several days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.14Since they were staying there several days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, “There is a man here who was left in prison by Felix.15When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me about him and asked for a sentence against him.16I told them that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone before the accused had met the accusers face to face and had been given an opportunity to make a defense against the charge.17So when they met here, I lost no time, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought.18When the accusers stood up, they did not charge him with any of the crimes that I was expecting.19Instead they had certain points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.20Since I was at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wished to go to Jerusalem and be tried there on these charges.21But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of his Imperial Majesty, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to the emperor.”