Festus asked if Paul wanted to go to Jerusalem (Acts 25:20)

“As I was at a loss

How to investigate

These questions,

I asked

Whether Paul wished

To go to Jerusalem

And be tried there

On these charges.”

ἀπορούμενος δὲ ἐγὼ τὴν περὶ τούτων ζήτησιν ἔλεγον εἰ βούλοιτο πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα κἀκεῖ κρίνεσθαι περὶ τούτων.

The author of Acts indicated that Festus said that he was at a loss or perplexed (ἀπορούμενος) on how to investigate these questions (δὲ ἐγὼ τὴν περὶ τούτων ζήτησιν).  Thus, he asked (ἔλεγον) whether Paul wished (εἰ βούλοιτο) to go to Jerusalem (πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα) and be tried there (κἀκεῖ κρίνεσθαι) on these charges (περὶ τούτων).  Governor Porcius Festus repeated to King Agrippa II and Bernice what he had said at his trial of Paul in chapter 25: 9.  He asked Paul (ἀποκριθεὶς τῷ Παύλῳ εἶπεν) if he wanted (Θέλεις) to go up to Jerusalem (εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἀναβὰς) and there (ἐκεῖ) be tried before the governor (κριθῆναι ἐπ’ ἐμοῦ) on these charges (περὶ τούτων).  Although not word for word, it was close enough to show how concerned Festus was about this issue with Paul and the Jews.  Although here Festus did not mention that he was doing this as a favor to the Jerusalem Jews.  Can doing a favor for a person be wrong sometimes?

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