If then I am doing wrong and have done anything deserving death, I am not trying to avoid dying. But if there is nothing true of the things which these people are accusing me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!” Then Festus, after discussing this with his council, replied, …
But when Paul appealed that he be kept under guard for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, I gave orders for him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.”
But I understood that he had done nothing deserving death himself, and when this man appealed to His Majesty the Emperor, I decided to send him.
And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
But because the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar (not as if I had any charge to bring against my own people).