Three days later he [Paul] called together the leaders of the Jews.
When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar---not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.
For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you.It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."