You shall go to the Emperor Caesar (Acts 25:12)

“Then Festus,

After he had conferred

With his council,


‘You have appealed

To the Emperor Caesar.

To the Emperor Caesar,

You shall go.’”

τότε ὁ Φῆστος συνλαλήσας μετὰ τοῦ συμβουλίου ἀπεκρίθη Καίσαρα ἐπικέκλησαι, ἐπὶ Καίσαρα πορεύσῃ.

The author of Acts indicated that then Festus (τότε ὁ Φῆστος), after he had conferred (συνλαλήσας) with his council (μετὰ τοῦ συμβουλίου), replied (ἀπεκρίθη) that Paul had appealed to the Emperor Caesar (Καίσαρα ἐπικέκλησαι).  Then he would go to the Emperor Caesar (ἐπὶ Καίσαρα πορεύσῃ).  Porcius Festus was not impulsive.  He gathered his council together.  Then he said that since Paul had appealed to Caesar, then he was going to go to Caesar.  Let’s see how that will go, since Nero was now the emperor from 54-68 CE.  Have you have had a case go to a higher court?

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