25:1 Now 1 when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.
(1) Satan's ministers are subtle and diligent
in seeking every occasion: but God who watches for his own, easily hinders all
2 And when he had tarried among them
more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the
judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.
(2) We may justly avoid an injury, but not with
25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down
from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against
Paul, which a they could not prove.
(a) They could not prove them certainly and
without undoubted reasons.
But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt
thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?
(3) God does not only turn aside the counsel of
the wicked, but also turns it upon their own heads.
4 And after certain days king b
Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.
(4) Festus, without even trying to, even before
kings, brings to light the wickedness of the Jews, and Paul's innocence, and
in this way marvellously confirms the Church of God.
(b) This Agrippa was the son of Agrippa whose
death Luke spoke of before, and Bernice was his sister.
To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to c
deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face
to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid
(c) The Romans did not used to deliver any man to
be punished before, etc.
But had certain questions against him of their own d
superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
(5) The profane and wicked take an occasion to
condemn the true doctrine, because of private controversies and contentions of
men between themselves: but the truth nevertheless abides safe and sure in the
(d) This profane man calls the Jewish religion
"superstition", and that before King Agrippa, but it is no wonder:
for the rulers of provinces, because of the majesty of the empire of Rome,
used to think themselves better than kings.
Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said
he, thou shalt hear him.
(6) That is fulfilled in Paul which the Lord had
told to Ananias about him; see (Acts
25:23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and
Bernice, with great e pomp, and was
entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of
the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth.
(e) Gorgeously, like a prince.
Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my f
lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee,
O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.
(f) To Augustus. Good princes refused this name
at the first, that is, to be called lords, but afterwards they allowed it, as
we read of Traianus.