Acts 24:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 24:27, NIV: "When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison."

Acts 24:27, ESV: "When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison."

Acts 24:27, KJV: "But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound."

Acts 24:27, NASB: "But after two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul imprisoned."

Acts 24:27, NLT: "After two years went by in this way, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And because Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish people, he left Paul in prison."

Acts 24:27, CSB: "After two years had passed, Porcius Festus succeeded Felix, and because Felix wanted to do the Jews a favor, he left Paul in prison."

What does Acts 24:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is under house arrest in Caesarea Maritima. Two years prior, the Sanhedrin accused him of several crimes, all of which he successfully refuted. But Governor Felix knows the Jewish rulers could cause him more headache than one itinerant man, so he keeps Paul in custody. He regularly calls Paul to talk, but instead of offering the bribe Felix expects, Paul talks about how God is going to judge him for his lascivious lifestyle (Acts 24:1–26).

Felix is remembered by history as a horrible person and a violent leader. He is leaving because the people of Caesarea have written about his cruelties and Nero, of all people, has called him to account for his actions. Festus replaces him around AD 58. The new government is fair and reasonable and manages to destroy the Sicarii assassins that Felix reportedly used.

After only three days in Caesarea, Festus travels to Jerusalem where he meets with the Sanhedrin. He hears their argument against Paul and, wishing to make a good impression, first invites them to Caesarea to present their charges and then suggests to Paul they move his trial to Jerusalem. Paul, frustrated that he has spent two years in Caesarea instead of Rome, refuses. He also remembers the last time the Sanhedrin asked a Roman official to bring him out into the open—when the Sanhedrin conspired to kill him (Acts 23:12–15). He declines Festus' offer and demands his case be taken to the next higher court (Acts 25:1–12).

Festus agrees but waits until King Agrippa II can hear Paul's story. Agrippa tells him Paul is innocent and should have been set free if he hadn't demanded to go to Caesar (Acts 26:31–32). After two years, Paul is finally on his way to Rome.