“Agrippa said to Festus.
‘I would like to hear
This man myself.’
You shall hear him.’”
Ἀγρίππας δὲ πρὸς τὸν Φῆστον Ἐβουλόμην καὶ αὐτὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀκοῦσαι. Αὔριον, φησίν, ἀκούσῃ αὐτοῦ.
The author of Acts indicated that King Agrippa II (Ἀγρίππας δὲ) said to Festus (πρὸς τὸν Φῆστον) that he would like (Ἐβουλόμην) to hear this man himself (καὶ αὐτὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀκοῦσαι). Festus then said (φησίν) that tomorrow (Αὔριον), he would be able to hear him (ἀκούσῃ αὐτοῦ). Festus was very accommodating to King Agrippa II, who wanted to hear from Paul for himself. Thus, Festus told him that this would not be problem because he could do it tomorrow. Much like Jesus who went before a number of trials with the Jewish Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate, and then King Herod, the great uncle of King Agrippa II, now Paul would speak before Agrippa with no consequences to his decision. He too had been before the Jerusalem Sanhedrin, and two Roman governors, not just one. Finally, he would give his presentation to King Agrippa II. How many times should a person present his case?