Acts 26:32
New International Version
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

New Living Translation
And Agrippa said to Festus, "He could have been set free if he hadn't appealed to Caesar."

English Standard Version
And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Berean Study Bible
And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Berean Literal Bible
Then Agrippa was saying to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

New American Standard Bible
And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

King James Bible
Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

Christian Standard Bible
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

Contemporary English Version
Agrippa told Festus, "Paul could have been set free, if he had not asked to be tried by the Roman Emperor."

Good News Translation
And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to the Emperor."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

International Standard Version
Agrippa told Festus, "This man could have been set free if he hadn't appealed to the emperor."

NET Bible
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar."

New Heart English Bible
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Agrippa told Festus, "This man could have been set free if he hadn't appealed his case to the emperor."

New American Standard 1977
And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Agrippa said unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

American King James Version
Then said Agrippa to Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.

American Standard Version
And Agrippa said unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Agrippa said to Festus: This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.

Darby Bible Translation
And Agrippa said to Festus, This man might have been let go if he had not appealed to Caesar.

English Revised Version
And Agrippa said unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Agrippa to Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Cesar.

Weymouth New Testament
And Agrippa said to Festus, "He might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar."

World English Bible
Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

Young's Literal Translation
and Agrippa said to Festus, 'This man might have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.'
Study Bible
Festus Interrupts Paul's Defense
31On their way out, they said to one another, “This man has done nothing worthy of death or imprisonment.” 32And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
Cross References
Acts 9:15
"Go!" said the Lord. "This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel.

Acts 24:27
After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And wishing to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

Acts 25:11
If, however, I am guilty of anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die. But if there is no truth to their accusations against me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!"

Acts 28:18
They examined me and wanted to release me, because there was no basis for a death sentence against me.

Acts 28:19
But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, even though I have no charge to bring against my nation.

Treasury of Scripture

Then said Agrippa to Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed to Caesar.

appealed.

Acts 25:11,12,25
For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar…

Acts 28:18
Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.







Lexicon
And
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Agrippa
Ἀγρίππας (Agrippas)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 67: Agrippa, i.e. Herod Agrippa II. Apparently from agrios and hippos; wild-horse tamer; Agrippas, one of the Herods.

said
ἔφη (ephē)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5346: To say, declare. Properly, the same as the base of phos and phaino; to show or make known one's thoughts, i.e. Speak or say.

to
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Festus,
Φήστῳ (Phēstō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5347: Festus. Of Latin derivation; festal; Phestus, a Roman.

“This
οὗτος (houtos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

man
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

could
ἐδύνατο (edynato)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

have been released
Ἀπολελύσθαι (Apolelysthai)
Verb - Perfect Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 630: From apo and luo; to free fully, i.e. relieve, release, dismiss, or let die, pardon or divorce.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

he had not appealed
ἐπεκέκλητο (epekeklēto)
Verb - Pluperfect Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1941: (a) To call (name) by a supplementary (additional, alternative) name, (b) mid: To call upon, appeal to, address.

to Caesar.”
Καίσαρα (Kaisara)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2541: Of Latin origin; Caesar, a title of the Roman emperor.
(32) This man might have been set at liberty . . .--The decision to which Agrippa came showed the wisdom of the line which St. Paul had taken. The matter could not be hushed up nor got rid of. The authorities could not now free themselves from responsibility for the safe custody of the prisoner, and, by releasing him, expose his life to the conspiracies of the Jews; and thus the Apostle at last gained that safe journey to the imperial city which had for many years been the great desire of his heart.

It is not without interest to note the subsequent relations between Festus and Agrippa, during the short government of the former, as showing a continuance of the same entente cordiale as that which we have seen in this chapter. Agrippa took up his abode at Jerusalem in the old palace of the Asmonean, or Maccabean, princes. It commanded a view of the city, and, from a banquet-hall which he had erected, he could look down upon the courts of the Temple and see the priests sacrificing even as he sat at meat. The Jews looked on this as a profanation, and built a wall which blocked up the view both from the king's palace and from the portico where the Roman soldiers used to stand on guard during the festivals. This was regarded by Festus as an insult, and he ordered the wall to be pulled down. The people of Jerusalem, however, obtained leave to send an embassy to Rome. They secured the support of Poppaea, already half a proselyte, after the fashion of the time among the women of the higher class at Rome, and, by the strange irony of history, the Temple of Jehovah was rescued from profanation by the concubine of Nero (Jos. Ant. xx. 8, ? 11). Agrippa continued to display the taste for building which was the hereditary characteristic of his house. Caesarea Philippi was enlarged and named Neronias, in honour of the emperor. A vast theatre was erected at Berytus (Beyrout) and adorned with statues. The Temple was at last finished, and the 18,000 workmen who were thus thrown out of work were employed in repaving the city with marble. The stateliness of the Temple ritual was enhanced by the permission which the king gave to the Levites of the choir, in spite of the remonstrance of the priests, that they should wear a linen ephod. Once again we note the irony of history. The king who thus had the glory of completing what the founder of his dynasty had begun, bringing both structure and ritual to a perfection never before attained, saw, within ten years, the capture of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple (Jos. Ant. xx. 8, ? 7).

Verse 32. - And Agrippa said for then said Agrippa, A.V. Agrippa said unto Festus. Festus had consulted Agrippa, as one conversant with Jewish questions, about the case of Paul (Acts 25:14-21). And in the place of hearing he had publicly stated that he had brought him before King Agrippa to be examined, that, "after examination had," he might know what to write to the emperor. Accordingly Agrippa now gives it as his opinion that the prisoner might have been discharged if he had not appealed to Caesar. Festus was of the same opinion, and doubtless wrote to Nero to that effect. The result was that he was acquitted before the emperor's tribunal at Rome, at the end of two years.



26:24-32 It becomes us, on all occasions, to speak the words of truth and soberness, and then we need not be troubled at the unjust censures of men. Active and laborious followers of the gospel often have been despised as dreamers or madmen, for believing such doctrines and such wonderful facts; and for attesting that the same faith and diligence, and an experience like their own, are necessary to all men, whatever their rank, in order to their salvation. But apostles and prophets, and the Son of God himself, were exposed to this charge; and none need be moved thereby, when Divine grace has made them wise unto salvation. Agrippa saw a great deal of reason for Christianity. His understanding and judgment were for the time convinced, but his heart was not changed. And his conduct and temper were widely different from the humility and spirituality of the gospel. Many are almost persuaded to be religious, who are not quite persuaded; they are under strong convictions of their duty, and of the excellence of the ways of God, yet do not pursue their convictions. Paul urged that it was the concern of every one to become a true Christian; that there is grace enough in Christ for all. He expressed his full conviction of the truth of the gospel, the absolute necessity of faith in Christ in order to salvation. Such salvation from such bondage, the gospel of Christ offers to the Gentiles; to a lost world. Yet it is with much difficulty that any person can be persuaded he needs a work of grace on his heart, like that which was needful for the conversion of the Gentiles. Let us beware of fatal hesitation in our own conduct; and recollect how far the being almost persuaded to be a Christian, is from being altogether such a one as every true believer is.
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