(2) Contacting the Jewish Leaders
17 And after three days he called together those who were the leading men of the Jews; and when they came together, he said to them, 1Men, brothers, though I have done anothing against the people or the bcustoms of our fathers, I have been delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
18 Who, having examined me, intended to arelease me, because there was not one bcause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spoke against this, I was compelled to aappeal to Caesar, not that I have anything to accuse my bnation of.
20 For this cause therefore, I have entreated you to see me and speak with me; for on account of the ahope of Israel I have this bchain around me.
21 And they said to him, We have neither received aletters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brothers come and reported or spoken anything evil concerning you.
22 But we think it is fitting to hear from you what you think, for concerning this asect it is indeed known to us that it is bspoken against everywhere.