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Paul languishes in prison, appearing before the governors Felix, then Festus, and then King Agrippa: Acts 24–26

The Jewish leaders were persistent. Even after a two-year wait, they were still trying to have Paul sent to Jerusalem so they could have him ambushed. But the conspiracy failed.

Paul’s appeal to Caesar—to be tried under Roman rather than Jewish law—saved his life in the short term, but it created a longer-term problem. The Roman rulers needed to have a specific charge against Paul under Roman law, and they had none:

Acts 26:31As they went out, they talked it over and agreed, ‘This man hasn’t done anything to deserve death or imprisonment.’ … ‘He could have been set free if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.’

It was this demand for his legal rights that eventually sent Paul to Rome.