Freedom – Acts 25

Acts 25:1 Now when Festus was come into the province,  after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.  

Acts 25:2 Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews  informed him against Paul, and besought him, 

Acts 25:3 And  desired favour against him, that he would send for him to  Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him. 

Acts 25:4 But  Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and  that he himself would depart shortly thither. 

Acts 25:5 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. 

Acts 25:6 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. 

Acts 25:7 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. 

Acts 25:8 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. 

Acts 25:9 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? 


Acts 25:10 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. 

Acts 25:11 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.  

Acts 25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the  council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto  Caesar shalt thou go.  

Acts 25:13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice  came unto Caesarea to salute Festus. 

Acts 25:14 And when  they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul’s  cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in  bonds by Felix: 

Acts 25:15 About whom, when I was at  Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews  informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.  

Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the  Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is  accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to  answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.  

Acts 25:17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without  any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and  commanded the man to be brought forth. 

Acts 25:18 Against  whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none  accusation of such things as I supposed: 

Acts 25:19 But had  certain questions against him of their own superstition, and  of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be  alive. 

Acts 25:20 And because I doubted of such manner of  questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem,  and there be judged of these matters. 

Acts 25:21 But when  Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of  Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him  to Caesar. 

Acts 25:22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would  also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt  hear him.  

Acts 25:23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come,  and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the  place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men  of the city, at Festus’ commandment Paul was brought  forth. 

Acts 25:24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men  which are here present with us, ye see this man, about  whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both  at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to  live any longer. 

Acts 25:25 But when I found that he had  committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself  hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him.

Acts 25:26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my  lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and  specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after  examination had, I might have somewhat to write. 

Acts 25:27  For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and  not withal to signify the crimes laid against him. KJV


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