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26 But I have nothing definite[a] to write to my lord[b] about him.[c] Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa,[d] so that after this preliminary hearing[e] I may have something to write.

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  1. Acts 25:26 sn There is irony here. How can Festus write anything definite about Paul, if he is guilty of nothing.
  2. Acts 25:26 sn To my lord means “to His Majesty the Emperor.”
  3. Acts 25:26 tn Grk “about whom I have nothing definite…” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, the relative pronoun (“whom”) was replaced with a personal pronoun (“him”) and a new sentence begun in the translation at the beginning of v. 26.
  4. Acts 25:26 sn See the note on King Agrippa in 25:13.
  5. Acts 25:26 tn Or “investigation.” BDAG 66 s.v. ἀνάκρισις has “a judicial hearing, investigation, hearing, esp. preliminary hearingτῆς ἀ. γενομένης Ac 25:26.” This is technical legal language.