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Acts 25:3-4

25:3 Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, 1  they urged Festus 2  to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush 3  to kill him along the way. 25:4 Then Festus 4  replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea, 5  and he himself intended to go there 6  shortly.

1 tn Grk “Requesting a favor against him”; the referent (Paul) has been specified in the translation, the understood direct object of “requesting” has been supplied, and the phrase “to do them” supplied for clarity.

2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Festus) has been specified in the translation for clarity. The words “they urged him” are in v. 2 in the Greek text.

3 sn Planning an ambush. The Jewish leadership had not forgotten the original plan of several years ago (see 23:16). They did not trust the Roman legal process, but preferred to take matters into their own hands.

4 sn See the note on Porcius Festus in 24:27.

5 sn Caesarea was a city on the coast of Palestine south of Mount Carmel (not Caesarea Philippi). See the note on Caesarea in Acts 10:1.

6 tn The word “there” is not in the Greek text but is implied.

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