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
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.
13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto
Caesarea to salute Festus.
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:
15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and
the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment
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.
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.
18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none
accusation of such things as I supposed:
19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition,
and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked
him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of
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
22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man
myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.
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.
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.
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.
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
27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and
not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.
1 Then Agrippa
said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then
Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer
for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof
I am accused of the Jews:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs
and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech
thee to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among
mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that
after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise
made of God unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God
day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa,
I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that
God should raise the dead?
9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things
contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints
did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the
chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice
11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled
them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I
persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission
from the chief priests,
13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven,
above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and
them which journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice
speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul,
why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom
16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto
thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness
both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things
in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto
whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified
by faith that is in me.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the
20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem,
and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles,
that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for
21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went
about to kill me.
22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this
day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things
than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first
that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the
people, and to the Gentiles.
24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud
voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth
the words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I
speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are
hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to
be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also
all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether
such as I am, except these bonds.
30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor,
and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves,
saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set
at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.