Acts 22


22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense [which I
 make] now to you.
22:2 (And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew
 language, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
22:3 I am verily a man [who am] a Jew, born in Tarsus, [a city]
 in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of
 Gamaliel, [and] taught according to the perfect manner of the
 law of the fathers, being zealous towards God, as ye all are
 this day.
22:4 And I persecuted this way even to death, binding and
 delivering into prisons both men and women.
22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me testimony, and all the
 estate of the elders; from whom also I received letters to the
 brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them who were there
 bound to Jerusalem, to be punished.
22:6 And it came to pass, that as I was passing on my journey,
 and had come nigh to Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone
 from heaven a great light around me.
22:7 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me,
 Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me, I am
 Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were
 afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.
22:10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to
 me, Arise, and go into Damascus, and there it shall be told
 thee concerning all things which are appointed for thee to do.
22:11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light,
 being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into
 Damascus.
22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having
 a good report of all the Jews who dwelt [there],
22:13 Came to me, and stood, and said to me, Brother Saul,
 receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that
 thou shouldst know his will, and see that Just One, and
 shouldst hear the voice of his mouth.
22:15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men of what thou hast
 seen and heard.
22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and
 wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
22:17 And it came to pass, that when I had come again to
 Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a
 trance;
22:18 And saw him saying to me, Make haste, and depart quickly
 from Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony
 concerning me.
22:19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned, and beat in
 every synagogue them that believed on thee:
22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also
 was standing by, and consenting to his death, and kept the
 raiment of them that slew him.
22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence
 to the Gentiles.
22:22 And they gave him audience to this word, and [then] lifted
 up their voices, and said, Away with such a [man] from the
 earth: for it is not fit that he should live.
22:23 And as they cried out, and cast off [their] clothes, and
 threw dust into the air,
22:24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the
 castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that
 he might know for what cause they cried so against him.
22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the
 centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man
 that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
22:26 When the centurion heard [that], he went and told the
 chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest; for this man
 is a Roman.
22:27 Then the chief captain came, and said to him, Tell me, art
 thou a Roman? He said, Yes.
22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum I
 obtained this freedom. And Paul said, But I was [free] born.
22:29 Then forthwith they departed from him who were about to
 examine him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he
 knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
22:30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty
 why he was accused by the Jews, he loosed him from [his] bands,
 and commanded the chief priests and all their council to
 appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.
 
 

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