(4) Referred by Festus to King Agrippa
13 Now when some days had passed, 1aAgrippa the king and 2Bernice arrived at bCaesarea and greeted Festus.
14 And while they were staying some additional days there, Festus laid before the king the matters regarding Paul, saying, There is a certain man who has been aleft a bprisoner by cFelix,
15 Concerning whom, when I was in Jerusalem, the achief priests and the elders of the Jews gave information and asked for a sentence against him.
16 To them I answered that it is not the acustom with Romans to hand over any man before he who is baccused meets the caccusers face to face and has an opportunity for a ddefense concerning the charge.
17 So when they had come together here, I made no delay; on the next day, sitting on the ajudgment seat, I ordered the man to be brought.
18 Concerning him the accusers stood and brought no acharge of the evil things I was suspecting.
19 But they had certain aquestions against him concerning their own 1religion and concerning a certain Jesus who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be balive.
20 And 1being at a loss as to how there should be an inquiry concerning these things, I asked him if he was willing to go to aJerusalem and be judged there concerning these things.
21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of 1the aEmperor, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I should send him up to Caesar.
22 And Agrippa said to Festus, I myself also would like to hear the man. Tomorrow, said Festus, you shall hear him.
23 Therefore on the next day, when aAgrippa and Bernice came with great pomp and entered into the hall of audience together with the 1commanders and prominent men of the city, and when Festus had given the order, Paul was brought.
24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all you men who are present with us, you behold this man, concerning whom all the multitude of aJews have petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought bnot to live any longer.
25 But I found that he had done nothing aworthy of death; and since he himself bappealed to the Emperor, I 1decided to send him.
26 Concerning him I have nothing definite to write to my lord; therefore I have brought him before 1you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that when the examination has taken place, I may have something to write.
27 For it seems unreasonable to me, in sending a aprisoner, not to also signify the charges against him.