I answered them that it's not the Romans' custom to give any man up before the accused confronts the accusers face to face and has an opportunity to give a defense concerning the charge.
When I was informed that there was a plot against the man, I sent him to you right away. I also ordered his accusers to state their case against him in your presence.
By examining him yourself you will be able to discern all these things of which we accuse him."
Concerning him, the accusers stood up and brought no charge of the sort I was expecting.
Instead they had some disagreements with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, a dead man whom Paul claimed to be alive.
Now I realized that he had not done anything deserving of death, but when he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.
And as Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of a crime or of moral evil, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you Jews.
See, my father! Look at the corner of your robe in my hand, for I cut it off, but I didn't kill you. Look and recognize that there is no evil or rebellion in me. I haven't sinned against you even though you are hunting me down to take my life.
"May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD take vengeance on you for me, but my hand will never be against you.
LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice on my hands,
if I have done harm to one at peace with me or have plundered my adversary without cause,
may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah
Then Pilate came out to them and said, "What charge do you bring against this man?"
They answered him, "If this man weren't a criminal, we wouldn't have handed Him over to you."