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livestock in the land of Gilead, they spread
east toward the edge of the desert that
stretches to the Euphrates River.
10 During the reign of Saul, the Reubenites
defeated the Hagrites in battle. Then they
moved into the Hagrite settlements all
along the eastern edge of Gilead.
11 Next to the Reubenites, the descendants of
Gad lived in the land of Bashan as far east
as Salecah. 12 Joel was the leader in the land
of Bashan, and Shapham was second-in-
command, followed by Janai and Shaphat.
13 Their relatives, the leaders of seven other
clans, were Michael, Meshullam, Sheba,
Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber. 14 These were all
descendants of Abihail son of Huri, son of
Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son
of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15 Ahi
son of Abdiel, son of Guni, was the leader
of their clans.
16 The Gadites lived in the land of Gilead, in
Bashan and its villages, and throughout all the
pasturelands of Sharon. 17 All of these were
listed in the genealogical records during the
days of King Jotham of Judah and King Jero
boam of Israel.
4:7 As in an alternate reading in the Masoretic Text (see also Latin
Vulgate); the other alternate and the Greek version read Zohar.
4:9 Jabez sounds like a Hebrew word meaning “distress” or “pain.”
4:13 As in some Greek manuscripts and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew
lacks and Meonothai.
4:14 Or Joab, the father of Ge-harashim.
4:17 Or Jether’s wife became; Hebrew reads She became.
in Syriac version (see also Gen 46:10; Exod 6:15); Hebrew reads
4:24b As in parallel texts at Gen 46:10 and Exod 6:15;
Hebrew reads Zerah.
4:33 As in some Greek manuscripts (see
also Josh 19:8); Hebrew reads Baal.
4:39 As in Greek version;
Hebrew reads Gedor.
4:41 The Hebrew term used here refers to
the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either
by destroying them or by giving them as an offering. 5:1 Israel
is the name that God gave to Jacob. 5:2 Or and from Judah came
5:6 Hebrew Tilgath-pilneser, a variant spelling of
Tiglath-pileser; also in 5:26. 5:7 Hebrew His.
Three days after Festus arrived in C
to take over his new responsibilities, he left
for Jerusalem, 2 where the leading priests and
other Jewish leaders met with him and made
their accusations against Paul. 3 They asked
Festus as a favor to transfer Paul to Jerusalem
(planning to ambush and kill him on the way).
4 But Festus replied that Paul was at C
and he himself would be returning there
soon. 5 So he said, “Those of you in authority
can return with me. If Paul has done anything
wrong, you can make your accusations.”
6 About eight or ten days later Fes
turned to C
aesarea, and on the following day
he took his seat in court and ordered that Paul
be brought in. 7 When Paul arrived, the Jewish
leaders from Jerusalem gathered around and
made many serious accusations they couldn’t
8 Paul denied the charges. “I am not guilty
of any crime against the Jewish laws or the
Temple or the Roman government,” he said.
9 Then Festus, wanting to please the Jews,
asked him, “Are you willing to go to Jerusalem
and stand trial before me there?”
10 But Paul replied, “No! This is the official
Roman court, so I ought to be tried right here.
You know very well I am not guilty of harming
the Jews. 11 If I have done something worthy of
death, I don’t refuse to die. But if I am innocent,
no one has a right to turn me over to these
men to kill me. I appeal to Caesar!”
tus conferred with his advisers and
then replied, “Very well! You have appealed to
Caesar, and to Caesar you will go!”
13 A few days later King Agrippa arrived with
his sister, Bernice,* to pay their respects to Fes
tus. 14 During their stay of several days, Festus
discussed Paul’s case with the king. “There is a
prisoner here,” he told him, “whose case was
left for me by Felix. 15 When I was in Jerusalem,
the leading priests and Jewish elders pressed
charges against him and asked me to condemn
him. 16 I pointed out to them that Roman law
does not convict people without a trial. They
must be given an opportunity to confront their
accusers and defend themselves.
17 “When his accusers came here for the
trial, I didn’t delay. I called the case the very
next day and ordered Paul brought in. 18 But
the accusations made against him weren’t
any of the crimes I expected. 19 Instead, it was
something about their religion and a dead
man named Jesus, who Paul insists is alive. 20 I
was at a loss to know how to investigate these
things, so I asked him whether he would be
willing to stand trial on these charges in Je
rusalem. 21 But Paul appealed to have his case
decided by the emperor. So I ordered that he
be held in custody until I could arrange to send
him to Caesar.”
22 “I’d like to hear the man myself,” Agrippa
And Festus replied, “You will—tomorrow!”
23 So the next day Agrippa and Bernice ar
rived at the auditorium with great pomp,
accompanied by military officers and promi
nent men of the city. Festus ordered that
Paul be brought in. 24 Then Festus said, “King
Agrippa and all who are here, this is the man
whose death is demanded by all the Jews, both
here and in Jerusalem. 25 But in my opinion he
has done nothing deserving death. However,
since he appealed his case to the emperor, I
have decided to send him to Rome.
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