Then he stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him,
Three days after Festus arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
As he was making his defense this way, Festus exclaimed in a loud voice, "You're out of your mind, Paul! Too much study is driving you mad!"
But Paul replied, "I'm not out of my mind, most excellent Festus. On the contrary, I'm speaking words of truth and good judgment.
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too, during the days of Unleavened Bread.
Then Festus, wanting to do a favor for the Jews, replied to Paul, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be tried before me on these charges?"
Since they stayed there many days, Festus presented Paul's case to the king, saying, "There's a man who was left as a prisoner by Felix.
"You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert [justice].
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.
Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
So Pilate decided to grant their demand
and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.
For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.