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P’yilut HaSh'liakim
The Acts of the Emissaries

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Sha'ul Before Festus

1Three days after Festus had come into the province he went up to Yerushalayim from Caesarea. 2Then the Cohen HaGadolHigh Priest and the leaders of the Y'hudim[2] presented their charges agains Sha'ulPaul, and they appealed to him, 3asking for a favor against Sha'ul, that he might summon him to Yerushalayim. They were plotting to ambush and kill him on the way. 4However, Festus answered that Sha'ul would be kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to leave for there shortly. 5“So let those who are in authority among you go down with me,” he said, “and if there is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him.”

6After he had stayed among them eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. The next day he sat on the judgment seat, and ordered that Sha'ul be brought in. 7When Sha'ul arrived, the Y'hudim who had come down from Yerushalayim stood around him, bringing many grievous charges against him, none of which which they could prove. 8Sha'ul offered his defense, “I have not sinned at all; not against the Torah of the Y’hudim, not against the Temple, and not against Caesar.”

9But Festus, wanting to gain the favor of the Y'hudim, asked Sha'ul, “Are you willing to go up to Yerushalayim, and be judged by me on these charges?”

Sha'ul’s Appeal to Casear

10Sha'ul answered, “I am standing before Caesar’s court, where I should be tried. I have done no wrong against the Y'hudim, as you know very well. 11If I had done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die; but if none of those things they accuse me of are true, no one can surrender me to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

12After Festus had conferred with his council, said, “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you shall go.”

Agrippa and Bernice Visit Festus

13Some time later, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and met with Festus. 14Since they had stayed there for some time, Festus presented Sha'ul’s case to the king, saying, “There is a man who was left in prison by Felix. 15When I was in Yerushalayim, the Cohenim Gadolim Leading Priests (Sanhedrin) and the zekanimelders of the Y'hudim brought charges against him, asking for a death sentence against him. 16I told them the Romans aren’t in the habit of handing anyone over for execution before the accused has met his accusers face to face and has been given the opportunity to present his defense to the charges against him. 17When they had aassembled here, I didn’t delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and ordered the man to be brought before me. 18When the accusers stood up, they didn’t bring any charge that I could have expected; 19they just but had some disagreements with him about their own religion, and about a dead man, Yeshua, whom Sha'ulclaimed is alive. 20Being uncertain how to inquire about such things, I asked if he was willing to go to Yerushalayim to be judged there on these charges. 21But when Sha'ul appealed to be held in custody to await the emperor’s decision, I ordered him to be kept until I could send him to Caesar.”

22Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear this man myself.”

“Tomorrow,” Festus said, “you shall hear him.”

Sha'ul Before Agrippa

23So the next day, Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and entered courtroom with the commanding officers and prominent men of the city. When Festus commanded, Sha'ul was brought in. 24Then Festus said, “King Agrippa and all men who are present with us here, you see this man, about whom the whole community of the Y'hudim have petitioned me, both in Yerushalayim and here, shouting that should not be allowed to live any longer. 25I found out that he had done nothing to deserve death, but since he appealed to the emperor, I decided to send him. 26I have nothing to write about him to the emperor, so I have brought him before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after your examination I may have something to write. 27For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without specifying the charges against him.”

Chapter 26


  2. Judeans, the corrupt Jewish leadership. See this NOTE. [RETURN] 

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