Acts Chapter 25

Acts 25 verse 1 

Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

Verse 1: Festus came in the place of Felix and became governor of Israel. Israel was in that time a province, a part of the Roman Empire and every province had his own governor. Felix was gone and now Festus was governor of Israel and he went first from Caesarea to Jerusalem to see and speak the high priest and elders and priests of the folk Israel. He was not in the first place interested in Paul who was in prison in Caesarea. 

Acts 25 verse 2

Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

Verse 2: When Festus was in Jerusalem to visit the high priest and the chief of the Jews he was informed about Paul. They still were angry and full of anger because they wanted still to kill Paul that's why they besought Festus. What does that mean? Ask (someone)urgentlyandferventlyto do something. 

Acts 25 verse 3

And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.

Verse 3: They had the same desire as in the past with Claudius Lysias who had saved the life of Paul to send him to Caesarea with a lot of soldiers.  Now they tried again that Festus would send Paul to them and on the way they should kill him so that they get rid of him. 

Acts 25 verse 4

But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself would depart shortly thither.

Verse 4: But Festus was not allowed here. He answered the high priests and elders of the folk Israel that Paul should be kept at Caesarea and that he should traveling back to Caesarea. 

Acts 25 verse 5

Let them therefore, said he, which among you are able, go down with me, and accuse this man, if there be any wickedness in him.

Verse 5: Further on Festus said to them if there among them able men to accuse Paul and judge if there be any wickedness in him so travel with me to Caesarea. We see in the next verses what happened. 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse  6: Festus stayed in Jerusalem more than ten days and after that he went back to Caesarea. The next day he was sittin on the judgment seat and commanded his soldiers to brought Paul before him. Festus wanted to see Paul and because of the Jews who accused Paul what kind of man he was and what he had done what caused the Jews to kill him. 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 7: Festus was back in Caesarea and the Jews from Jerusalem had also arrived in Caesarea and stood there to see Paul and many blames came from them against Paul but they couldn't prove it! Simple they had no evidence whatsoever. Paul spoke the truth and he was judged by them because of the resurrection from the dead. He spoke about the risen Lord Jesus Christ and against Christ they were. They were the enemies of God so they hated the Word of God of salvation in Christ. 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 8: Paul answered for himself as he stood there before Festus and the Jews. He said that the was not against the law of the Jews or against the temple and not against Caesar he had offended any thing at all. This was the truth he said. 

Acts 25 verse 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?

Verse 9: Festus wanted to be kind to the Jews and pleasured them with this and said to Paul: Wilt thou go to Jerusalem and be judged of these things they want to judge you and what you have told here? 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 10: Paul didn't want to be judged by those Jews. He was now a prisoner of the Roman Empire and said to Festus as answer: I stad at Caesar's judgment seat where I ought to be judged. You know Festus very well said Paul that I had never done wrong to the Jews. 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 11: Paul stood there for Festus and the Jews who accused him to death. He continued here in this verse with if he was an offender or a transgressor or had commited wrong things which was worthy of death like murder or revolt than it was right that he should be put to death but what they accused him for was that they hated the truth which he preached the Gospel of the Grace of God and those Jews hated this message and refused to believe it. No men can give me said Paul in the hands of these Jews. And then he said I submit unto Caesar. Paul was also a Roman citizen and appealed to the emperor. 

Acts 25 verse 12

Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.

Verse 12: After Paul had said this that he appealed unto Caesar Fesut conferred with the council what to do. Then Festus came back and answered  Paul: Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? Thou shalt go to Caesar the Emperor. For him you will stand because you asked for this. 

Acts 25 verse 13

And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.
Verse 13:
After some days king Agrippa and his sister Bernice came into Caesarea and greet Festus the governor of Israel. Who was Agrippa? He was member of the Herodian family. He was king and he full name was Herod Agrippa II . His forefather was King Herod the Great. King Agrippa II is the son of Herod Agrippa I. They all pretented to be kings for Israel. All of them were friends of the Romans. 

Acts 25 verse 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:

Verse 14: King Agrippa II and his sister Bernice stayed in Caesarea many days and on a certain moment Festus discussed with the king about Paul and why he was a prisoner because he was in bonds and Festus predecessor Felix had left Paul in bonds. Some things were nog clear for Festus why this was. 

Acts 25 verse 15

About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him.

Verse 15: Festus began to explain king Agrippa that he was in Jerusalem and the chief priests and elders of the Jews informed him about Paul and they desired that Festus would give Paul into their hands so that they could judge Paul and kill him according their law.

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 16: Festus continued here that he answered the high priests and elders of the Jews about their request to deliver Paul into their hands so that they could judge Paul and kill him but he didn't do this  because this was not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die if he had not seen the face to face and before he which is accused and that the man who would be judged to have the right to speak and answer for himself concerning the crime they had laid against him. That's why he didn't delivered Paul into their hands. 

Acts 25 verse 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.

Verse 17: Festus continued and said that these Jews who were the accusers came to him in Caesarea and the day after he sat on the judgement seat and commanded to bring Paul before him so that he could defend himself before him and the accusers. 

Acts 25 verse 18

Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed:

Verse 18: And further on Festus said that he supposed that the accusers of Paul had some accusation of such thing against him but none of these they had.  He said that he was amazed about this. 

Acts 25 verse 19

But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

Verse 19: Festus continued here they, these accusers had questions against Paul because of their own superstition. They believed that one Jesus (the Lord Jesus Christ) was dead but Paul affirmed that Jesus Christ was alive because of the revelations he had received from Him.