25 Now 1 three days after Festus 2 arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem 3 from Caesarea. 4 2 So the chief priests and the most prominent men 5 of the Jews brought formal charges 6 against Paul to him. 3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 7 they urged Festus 8 to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 9 to kill him along the way. 4 Then Festus 10 replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 11 and he himself intended to go there 12 shortly. 5 “So,” he said, “let your leaders 13 go down there 14 with me, and if this man has done anything wrong, 15 they may bring charges 16 against him.”
6 After Festus 17 had stayed 18 not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, 19 and the next day he sat 20 on the judgment seat 21 and ordered Paul to be brought. 7 When he arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, 22 bringing many serious 23 charges that they were not able to prove. 24 8 Paul said in his defense, 25 “I have committed no offense 26 against the Jewish law 27 or against the temple or against Caesar.” 28 9 But Festus, 29 wanting to do the Jews a favor, asked Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and be tried 30 before me there on these charges?” 31 10 Paul replied, 32 “I am standing before Caesar’s 33 judgment seat, 34 where I should be tried. 35 I have done nothing wrong 36 to the Jews, as you also know very well. 37 11 If then I am in the wrong 38 and have done anything that deserves death, I am not trying to escape dying, 39 but if not one of their charges against me is true, 40 no one can hand me over to them. 41 I appeal to Caesar!” 42 12 Then, after conferring with his council, 43 Festus 44 replied, “You have appealed to Caesar; 45 to Caesar 46 you will go!” 47
13 After several days had passed, King Agrippa 48 and Bernice arrived at Caesarea 49 to pay their respects 50 to Festus. 51 14 While 52 they were staying there many days, Festus 53 explained Paul’s case to the king to get his opinion, 54 saying, “There is a man left here as a prisoner by Felix. 15 When I was in Jerusalem, 55 the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed 56 me about him, 57 asking for a sentence of condemnation 58 against him. 16 I answered them 59 that it was not the custom of the Romans to hand over anyone 60 before the accused had met his accusers face to face 61 and had been given 62 an opportunity to make a defense against the accusation. 63 17 So after they came back here with me, 64 I did not postpone the case, 65 but the next day I sat 66 on the judgment seat 67 and ordered the man to be brought. 18 When his accusers stood up, they did not charge 68 him with any of the evil deeds I had suspected. 69 19 Rather they had several points of disagreement 70 with him about their own religion 71 and about a man named Jesus 72 who was dead, whom Paul claimed 73 to be alive. 20 Because I was at a loss 74 how I could investigate these matters, 75 I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and be tried 76 there on these charges. 77 21 But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, 78 I ordered him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.” 79 22 Agrippa 80 said to Festus, 81 “I would also like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he replied, 82 “you will hear him.”
23 So the next day Agrippa 83 and Bernice came with great pomp 84 and entered the audience hall, 85 along with the senior military officers 86 and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 87 gave the order, 88 Paul was brought in. 24 Then Festus 89 said, “King Agrippa, 90 and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 91 petitioned 92 me both in Jerusalem 93 and here, 94 shouting loudly 95 that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But I found that he had done nothing that deserved death, 96 and when he appealed 97 to His Majesty the Emperor, 98 I decided to send him. 99 26 But I have nothing definite 100 to write to my lord 101 about him. 102 Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 103 so that after this preliminary hearing 104 I may have something to write. 27 For it seems unreasonable to me to send a prisoner without clearly indicating 105 the charges against him.”
26 So Agrippa 1 said to Paul, “You have permission 2 to speak for yourself.” Then Paul held out his hand 3 and began his defense: 4
2 “Regarding all the things I have been accused of by the Jews, King Agrippa, 5 I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, 3 because you are especially 6 familiar with all the customs and controversial issues 7 of the Jews. Therefore I ask 8 you to listen to me patiently. 4 Now all the Jews know the way I lived 9 from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people 10 and in Jerusalem. 11 5 They know, 12 because they have known 13 me from time past, 14 if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party 15 of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. 16 6 And now I stand here on trial 17 because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, 18 7 a promise 19 that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God 20 night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, 21 Your Majesty! 22 8 Why do you people 23 think 24 it is unbelievable 25 that 26 God raises the dead? 9 Of course, 27 I myself was convinced 28 that it was necessary to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. 10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons by the authority I received 29 from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote 30 against them when they were sentenced to death. 31 11 I punished 32 them often in all the synagogues 33 and tried to force 34 them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged 35 at them, I went to persecute 36 them even in foreign cities.
12 “While doing this very thing, 37 as I was going 38 to Damascus with authority and complete power 39 from the chief priests, 13 about noon along the road, Your Majesty, 40 I saw a light from heaven, 41 brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around 42 me and those traveling with me. 14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 43 ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself 44 by kicking against the goads.’ 45 15 So I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, 46 ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance 47 as a servant and witness 48 to the things 49 you have seen 50 and to the things in which I will appear to you. 17 I will rescue 51 you from your own people 52 and from the Gentiles, to whom 53 I am sending you 18 to open their eyes so that they turn 54 from darkness to light and from the power 55 of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 56 among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, 57 I was not disobedient 58 to the heavenly 59 vision, 20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 60 and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 61 performing deeds consistent with 62 repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts 63 and were trying to kill me. 22 I have experienced 64 help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except 65 what the prophets and Moses said 66 was going to happen: 23 that 67 the Christ 68 was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people 69 and to the Gentiles.” 70
24 As Paul 71 was saying these things in his defense, Festus 72 exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, 73 Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” 25 But Paul replied, 74 “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, 75 but am speaking 76 true and rational 77 words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely 78 to him, 79 because I cannot believe 80 that any of these things has escaped his notice, 81 for this was not done in a corner. 82 27 Do you believe the prophets, 83 King Agrippa? 84 I know that you believe.” 28 Agrippa 85 said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” 86 29 Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time 87 not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” 88
30 So the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, 31 and as they were leaving they said to one another, 89 “This man is not doing anything deserving 90 death or imprisonment.” 32 Agrippa 91 said to Festus, 92 “This man could have been released 93 if he had not appealed to Caesar.” 94
27 When it was decided we 1 would sail to Italy, 2 they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 3 of the Augustan Cohort 4 named Julius. 2 We went on board 5 a ship from Adramyttium 6 that was about to sail to various ports 7 along the coast of the province of Asia 8 and put out to sea, 9 accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 10 from Thessalonica. 11 3 The next day we put in 12 at Sidon, 13 and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 14 allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 15 4 From there we put out to sea 16 and sailed under the lee 17 of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 After we had sailed across the open sea 18 off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 19 we put in 20 at Myra 21 in Lycia. 22 6 There the centurion 23 found 24 a ship from Alexandria 25 sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 7 We sailed slowly 26 for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 27 Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 28 we sailed under the lee 29 of Crete off Salmone. 30 8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 31 of Crete 32 and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 33
9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 34 because the fast 35 was already over, 36 Paul advised them, 37 10 “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 38 in disaster 39 and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 40 11 But the centurion 41 was more convinced 42 by the captain 43 and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 44 12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 45 to put out to sea 46 from there. They hoped that 47 somehow they could reach 48 Phoenix, 49 a harbor of Crete facing 50 southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 51 they could carry out 52 their purpose, so they weighed anchor 53 and sailed close along the coast 54 of Crete. 14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 55 wind called the northeaster 56 blew down from the island. 57 15 When the ship was caught in it 58 and could not head into 59 the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 60 along. 16 As we ran under the lee of 61 a small island called Cauda, 62 we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 63 under control. 17 After the crew 64 had hoisted it aboard, 65 they used supports 66 to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 67 on the Syrtis, 68 they lowered the sea anchor, 69 thus letting themselves be driven along. 18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 70 they began throwing the cargo overboard, 71 19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 72 overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 73 storm continued to batter us, 74 we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 75
21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 76 Paul 77 stood up 78 among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 79 and not put out to sea 80 from Crete, thus avoiding 81 this damage and loss. 22 And now I advise 82 you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 83 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 84 and whom I serve 85 came to me 86 24 and said, 87 ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 88 Caesar, 89 and God has graciously granted you the safety 90 of all who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 91 that it will be just as I have been told. 26 But we must 92 run aground on some island.”
27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 93 across the Adriatic Sea, 94 about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 95 28 They took soundings 96 and found the water was twenty fathoms 97 deep; when they had sailed a little farther 98 they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 99 deep. 29 Because they were afraid 100 that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 101 they threw out 102 four anchors from the stern and wished 103 for day to appear. 104 30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 105 that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion 106 and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 107 cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 108 of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 109
33 As day was about to dawn, 110 Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 111 and have gone 112 without food; you have eaten nothing. 113 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 114 for your survival. 115 For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 35 After he said this, Paul 116 took bread 117 and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 118 broke 119 it, and began to eat. 36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 120 persons on the ship.) 121 38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 122 they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 123 into the sea.
39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 124 a bay 125 with a beach, 126 where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 So they slipped 127 the anchors 128 and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 129 that bound the steering oars 130 together. Then they hoisted 131 the foresail 132 to the wind and steered toward 133 the beach. 41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 134 and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 135 of the waves. 42 Now the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners 136 so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 137 43 But the centurion, 138 wanting to save Paul’s life, 139 prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 140 44 and the rest were to follow, 141 some on planks 142 and some on pieces of the ship. 143 And in this way 144 all were brought safely to land.