Ac 25:1
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 their counsels.

Ac 25:6
25:6 {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 an injury.

Ac 25:7
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.

Ac 25:9
25:9 {3} 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.

Ac 25:13
25:13 {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.

Ac 25:16
25:16 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 against

      (c) The Romans did not used to deliver any man to be
          punished before, etc.

Ac 25:19
25:19 {5} 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 meantime.
     (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.

Ac 25:22
25:22 {6} 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 @Ac 9:15.

Ac 25:23
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.

Ac 25:26
25:26 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.

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