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When Festus was then come into the prouince, after three dayes he went vp from Cesarea vnto Hierusalem.
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Then the high Priest, and the chiefe of the Iewes appeared before him against Paul: and they besought him,
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And desired fauour against him, that hee would send for him to Hierusalem: and they layd waite to kill him by the way.
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But Festus answered, that Paul should bee kept at Cesarea, and that he himselfe would shortly depart thither.
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Let them therefore, saide he, which among you are able, come downe with vs: and if there be any wickednes in the man, let them accuse him.
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Now when he had taried among them no more then ten dayes, hee went downe to Cesarea, and the next day sate in the iudgement seat, and commaunded Paul to be brought.
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And when hee was come, the Iewes which were come fro Hierusalem, stoode about him and layd many and grieuous complaints against Paul, whereof they could make no plaine proofe,
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Forasmuch as he answered, that he had neither offended any thing against the lawe of the Iewes, neither against ye temple, nor against Cesar.
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Yet Festus willing to get fauour of the Iewes, answered Paul and saide, Wilt thou goe vp to Hierusalem, and there be iudged of these things before mee?
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Then said Paul, I stand at Cesars iudgment seate, where I ought to be iudged: to the Iewes I haue done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.
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For if I haue done wrong, or committed any thing worthie of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof they accuse me, no man, to pleasure them, can deliuer me to them: I appeale vnto Cesar.
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Then when Festus had spoken with the Council, hee answered, Hast thou appealed vnto Cesar?
vnto Cesar shalt thou goe.
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And after certaine dayes, King Agrippa and Bernice came downe to Cesarea to salute Festus.
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And when they had remained there many dayes, Festus declared Pauls cause vnto the King, saying, There is a certaine man left in prison by Felix,
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Of whom when I came to Hierusalem, the high Priestes and Elders of the Iewes informed me, and desired to haue iudgement against him.
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To whome I answered, that it is not the maner of the Romanes for fauour to deliuer any man to the death, before that hee which is accused, haue the accusers before him, and haue place to defend himselfe, concerning the crime.
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Therefore when they were come hither, without delay the day following I sate on the iudgement seate, and commaunded the man to be brought foorth.
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Against whom when the accusers stood vp, they brought no crime of such things as I supposed:
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But had certaine questions against him of their owne superstition, and of one Iesus which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be aliue.
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And because I doubted of such maner of question, I asked him whether he would goe to Hierusalem, and there be iudged of these things.
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But because he appealed to be reserued to the examination of Augustus, I commaunded him to be kept, till I mght send him to Cesar.
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Then Agrippa sayd vnto Festus, I would also heare the man my selfe.
To morowe, sayd he, thou shalt heare him.
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And on the morowe when Agrippa was come and Bernice with great pompe, and were entred into the Common hall with the chiefe captaines and chiefe men of the citie, at Festus commandement Paul was brought forth.
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And Festus sayd, King Agrippa, & all men which are present with vs, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Iewes haue called vpon me, both at Hierusalem, and here, crying, that he ought not to liue any longer.
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Yet haue I found nothing worthy of death, that he hath committed: neuertheles, seeing that he hath appealed to Augustus, I haue determined to send him.
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Of whome I haue no certaine thing to write vnto my Lord: wherefore I haue brought him forth vnto you, and specially vnto thee, King Agrippa, that after examination had, I might haue somewhat to write.
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For me thinketh it vnreasonable to send a prisoner, and not to shewe the causes which are layde against him.