“And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul …” (v2). Paul’s legal trials involved various power structures that tried to silence his witness. Jewish religious authorities accused him, the Roman governors Festus and then Felix questioned him (v25), and finally King Agrippa and Queen Bernice “came with great pomp … with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city” (v23). Yet, Paul calmly insisted, “I have done no wrong” (v10).
“But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them” (v11). Paul knew from experience that we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom 8:37).