Faith in God, Love for People

76. Appeal to Caesar

Acts 25:1-12

1  Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
2  Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,
3  And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.
4  But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.
5  Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.
6  And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.
7  And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.
8  While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
9  But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
10  Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.
11  For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
12  Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

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