A C T S.
Some think that Felix was turned out, and Festus
succeeded him, quickly after Paul's imprisonment, and that the two
years mentioned in the close of the foregoing chapter are to be
reckoned from the beginning of Nero's reign; but it seems more
natural to compute them from Paul's being delivered into the hands
of Felix. However, we have here much the same management of Paul's
case as we had in the foregoing chapter; cognizance is here taken
of it, I. By Festus the governor; it is brought before him by the
Jews, ver. 1-3. The
hearing of it is appointed to be, not at Jerusalem, as the Jews
desired, out at Cæsarea, ver.
4-6. The Jews appear against Paul and accuse him
(ver. 7), but he stands upon
his own innocency (ver. 8);
and to avoid the removing of the cause to Jerusalem, to which he
was pressed to consent, he at length appeals to Cæsar, ver. 9-12. II. By king Agrippa, to
whom Festus relates his case (ver.
13-21), and Agrippa desires he might have the hearing of
it himself, ver. 22. The
court is accordingly set, and Paul brought to the bar (ver. 23), and Festus opens the cause
(ver. 24-27), to
introduce Paul's defence in the next chapter.