When his accusers stood up, they didn't accuse him of the crimes I was expecting. 19
They were disputing with him about their own religion and about some man named Jesus who had died. But Paul claimed that Jesus is alive. 20
Their debate about these things left me puzzled. So I asked Paul if he would like to go to Jerusalem to have his case heard there. 21
But Paul appealed his case. He asked to be held in prison and to have His Majesty the Emperor decide his case. So I ordered him to be held in prison until I could send him to the emperor." 22
Agrippa told Festus, "I would like to hear the man." Festus replied, "You'll hear him tomorrow."
23The next day Agrippa and Bernice entered the auditorium with a lot of fanfare. Roman army officers and the most important men of the city entered the auditorium with them. Festus gave the order, and Paul was brought into the auditorium. 24Then Festus said, "King Agrippa and everyone who is present with us! All the Jews in Jerusalem and Caesarea have talked to me about this man you see in front of you. They shout that he must not be allowed to live any longer. 25However, I don't think that he has done anything to deserve the death penalty. But since he made an appeal to His Majesty the Emperor, I have decided to send him to Rome. 26But I don't have anything reliable to write our emperor about him. So I have brought him to all of you, and especially to you, King Agrippa. Then I'll have something to write after he is cross-examined. 27I find it ridiculous to send a prisoner to Rome when I can't specify any charges against him."