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Numbers chapter 3

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Now these are [the records of] the generations of Aaron and Moses at the time when the LORD spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai.
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These then are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
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These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he ordained to serve as priests.
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But Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD when they offered strange fire before the LORD in the wilderness of Sinai; and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of their father Aaron.
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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.
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"They shall perform the duties for him and for the whole congregation before the tent of meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle.
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"They shall also keep all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, along with the duties of the sons of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.
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"You shall thus give the Levites to Aaron and to his sons; they are wholly given to him from among the sons of Israel.
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"So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death."
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Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.
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"For all the firstborn are Mine; on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the firstborn in Israel, from man to beast. They shall be Mine; I am the LORD."
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Then the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
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"Number the sons of Levi by their fathers' households, by their families; every male from a month old and upward you shall number."
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So Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, just as he had been commanded.
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These then are the sons of Levi by their names: Gershon and Kohath and Merari.
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These are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families: Libni and Shimei;
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and the sons of Kohath by their families: Amram and Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel;
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and the sons of Merari by their families: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers' households.
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Of Gershon [was] the family of the Libnites and the family of the Shimeites; these [were] the families of the Gershonites.
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Their numbered men, in the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, [even] their numbered men [were] 7,500.
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The families of the Gershonites were to camp behind the tabernacle westward,
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and the leader of the fathers' households of the Gershonites [was] Eliasaph the son of Lael.
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Now the duties of the sons of Gershon in the tent of meeting [involved] the tabernacle and the tent, its covering, and the screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting,
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and the hangings of the court, and the screen for the doorway of the court which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and its cords, according to all the service concerning them.
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Of Kohath [was] the family of the Amramites and the family of the Izharites and the family of the Hebronites and the family of the Uzzielites; these were the families of the Kohathites.
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In the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, [there were] 8,600, performing the duties of the sanctuary.
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The families of the sons of Kohath were to camp on the southward side of the tabernacle,
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and the leader of the fathers' households of the Kohathite families was Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
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Now their duties [involved] the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, and the utensils of the sanctuary with which they minister, and the screen, and all the service concerning them;
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and Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest [was] the chief of the leaders of Levi, [and had] the oversight of those who perform the duties of the sanctuary.
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Of Merari [was] the family of the Mahlites and the family of the Mushites; these [were] the families of Merari.
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Their numbered men in the numbering of every male from a month old and upward, [were] 6,200.
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The leader of the fathers' households of the families of Merari [was] Zuriel the son of Abihail. They [were] to camp on the northward side of the tabernacle.
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Now the appointed duties of the sons of Merari [involved] the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, all its equipment, and the service concerning them,
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and the pillars around the court with their sockets and their pegs and their cords.
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Now those who were to camp before the tabernacle eastward, before the tent of meeting toward the sunrise, are Moses and Aaron and his sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary for the obligation of the sons of Israel; but the layman coming near was to be put to death.
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All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the command of the LORD by their families, every male from a month old and upward, [were] 22,000.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, "Number every firstborn male of the sons of Israel from a month old and upward, and make a list of their names.
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"You shall take the Levites for Me, I am the LORD, instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the cattle of the sons of Israel."
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So Moses numbered all the firstborn among the sons of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded him;
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and all the firstborn males by the number of names from a month old and upward, for their numbered men were 22,273.
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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the sons of Israel and the cattle of the Levites. And the Levites shall be Mine; I am the LORD.
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"For the ransom of the 273 of the firstborn of the sons of Israel who are in excess beyond the Levites,
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you shall take five shekels apiece, per head; you shall take [them] in terms of the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs),
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and give the money, the ransom of those who are in excess among them, to Aaron and to his sons."
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So Moses took the ransom money from those who were in excess, beyond those ransomed by the Levites;
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from the firstborn of the sons of Israel he took the money in terms of the shekel of the sanctuary, 1,365.
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Then Moses gave the ransom money to Aaron and to his sons, at the command of the LORD, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Numbers chapter 4

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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"Take a census of the descendants of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' households,
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from thirty years and upward, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting.
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"This is the work of the descendants of Kohath in the tent of meeting, [concerning] the most holy things.
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"When the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons shall go in and they shall take down the veil of the screen and cover the ark of the testimony with it;
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and they shall lay a covering of porpoise skin on it, and shall spread over [it] a cloth of pure blue, and shall insert its poles.
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"Over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall also spread a cloth of blue and put on it the dishes and the pans and the sacrificial bowls and the jars for the drink offering, and the continual bread shall be on it.
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"They shall spread over them a cloth of scarlet [material], and cover the same with a covering of porpoise skin, and they shall insert its poles.
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"Then they shall take a blue cloth and cover the lampstand for the light, along with its lamps and its snuffers, and its trays and all its oil vessels, by which they serve it;
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and they shall put it and all its utensils in a covering of porpoise skin, and shall put it on the carrying bars.
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"Over the golden altar they shall spread a blue cloth and cover it with a covering of porpoise skin, and shall insert its poles;
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and they shall take all the utensils of service, with which they serve in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth and cover them with a covering of porpoise skin, and put them on the carrying bars.
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"Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.
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"They shall also put on it all its utensils by which they serve in connection with it: the firepans, the forks and shovels and the basins, all the utensils of the altar; and they shall spread a cover of porpoise skin over it and insert its poles.
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"When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy [objects] and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is to set out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry [them], so that they will not touch the holy [objects] and die. These are the things in the tent of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.
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"The responsibility of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest is the oil for the light and the fragrant incense and the continual grain offering and the anointing oil-- the responsibility of all the tabernacle and of all that is in it, with the sanctuary and its furnishings."
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Then the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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"Do not let the tribe of the families of the Kohathites be cut off from among the Levites.
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"But do this to them that they may live and not die when they approach the most holy [objects]: Aaron and his sons shall go in and assign each of them to his work and to his load;
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but they shall not go in to see the holy [objects] even for a moment, or they will die."
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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers' households, by their families;
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from thirty years and upward to fifty years old, you shall number them; all who enter to perform the service to do the work in the tent of meeting.
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"This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in carrying:
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they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of meeting [with] its covering and the covering of porpoise skin that is on top of it, and the screen for the doorway of the tent of meeting,
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and the hangings of the court, and the screen for the doorway of the gate of the court which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their cords and all the equipment for their service; and all that is to be done, they shall perform.
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"All the service of the sons of the Gershonites, in all their loads and in all their work, shall be [performed] at the command of Aaron and his sons; and you shall assign to them as a duty all their loads.
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"This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the tent of meeting, and their duties [shall be] under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
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"[As for] the sons of Merari, you shall number them by their families, by their fathers' households;
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from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, you shall number them, everyone who enters the service to do the work of the tent of meeting.
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"Now this is the duty of their loads, for all their service in the tent of meeting: the boards of the tabernacle and its bars and its pillars and its sockets,
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and the pillars around the court and their sockets and their pegs and their cords, with all their equipment and with all their service; and you shall assign [each man] by name the items he is to carry.
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"This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service in the tent of meeting, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest."
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So Moses and Aaron and the leaders of the congregation numbered the sons of the Kohathites by their families and by their fathers' households,
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from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.
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Their numbered men by their families were 2,750.
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These are the numbered men of the Kohathite families, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of the LORD through Moses.
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The numbered men of the sons of Gershon by their families and by their fathers' households,
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from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.
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Their numbered men by their families, by their fathers' households, were 2,630.
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These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Gershon, everyone who was serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of the LORD.
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The numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari by their families, by their fathers' households,
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from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who entered the service for work in the tent of meeting.
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Their numbered men by their families were 3,200.
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These are the numbered men of the families of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron numbered according to the commandment of the LORD through Moses.
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All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the leaders of Israel numbered, by their families and by their fathers' households,
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from thirty years and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who could enter to do the work of service and the work of carrying in the tent of meeting.
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Their numbered men were 8,580.
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According to the commandment of the LORD through Moses, they were numbered, everyone by his serving or carrying; thus [these were] his numbered men, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Acts chapter 25

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Festus then, having arrived in the province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
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And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews brought charges against Paul, and they were urging him,
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requesting a concession against Paul, that he might have him brought to Jerusalem ([at the same time], setting an ambush to kill him on the way).
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Festus then answered that Paul was being kept in custody at Caesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly.
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"Therefore," he said, "let the influential men among you go there with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them prosecute him."
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After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
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After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him which they could not prove,
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while Paul said in his own defense, "I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."
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But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me on these [charges]?"
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But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to [the] Jews, as you also very well know.
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"If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is [true] of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar."
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Then when Festus had conferred with his council, he answered, "You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go."
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Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.
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While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a man who was left as a prisoner by Felix;
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and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him.
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"I answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges.
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"So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me.
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"When the accusers stood up, they [began] bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting,
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but they [simply] had some points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive.
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"Being at a loss how to investigate such matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters.
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"But when Paul appealed to be held in custody for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar."
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Then Agrippa [said] to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him."
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So, on the next day when Agrippa came together with Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied by the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
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Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he ought not to live any longer.
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"But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death; and since he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.
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"Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you [all] and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.
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"For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him."
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