while Paul said in his own defense, “I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.”
The Law of the Jews is another name for the Law of Moses, the commandments, ordinances, punishments, and ceremonial observances given to the nation of Israel through Moses (Jos. 8:31, John 1:17, 7:19). See entry for The Law.
Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.
and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him.
(a) The chief priests; see entry for Matt. 2:4.
(b) Elders; see entry for Matt. 16:21.
“I answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges.
His accusers. There are numerous examples in the New Testament of religious types and law-lovers bringing accusations against those who preach grace (see entry for Matt. 12:10).
Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”
Agrippa was Herod Agrippa II, not to be confused with his father Herod Agrippa I (see entry for Acts 12:1).
God told Saul that he would carry his name to kings or rulers (Acts 9:15). This prophecy came true. Saul or Paul preached to kings such as Herod Agrippa, Roman governors and proconsuls (Acts 13:12, 24:24), and the emperor himself (Acts 27:24).
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