Paul's Defense1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear my [2to 3you 4now 1defense]! 2 And hearing that in the Hebrew dialect he called out to them, the more they made rest. 3 And he says, I indeed am a man, a Jew, being born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but being reared in this city by the feet of Gamaliel, being instructed according to the exactness of the paternal law, [2zealous 1being] of God, as all you are today; 4 one who [2this 3way 1persecuted] unto death, binding and delivering up unto prisons both men and women; 5 as also the chief priest bears witness to me, and all the council of elders; by whom also letters having received, [2to 3the 4brethren 5in 6Damascus 1I went], for leading also the ones at that place being bound unto Jerusalem, that they should be punished. 6 And it happened to me going and approaching to Damascus around midday, suddenly from out of the heaven flashed about a light, a fit amount around me. 7 And I fell onto the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? 8 And I answered, Who are you, O Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you persecute. 9 And the ones [2with 3me 1being] indeed [2a light 1saw], and [2thrown into fear 1became]; [4the 1but 5voice 2they did not 3hear] of the one speaking to me. 10 And I said, What shall I do, O Lord? And the Lord said to me, Having risen up, go unto Damascus! and there it shall be told to you concerning all the things which is arranged for you to do. 11 And as I did not look at anything because of the glory of that light, being led by the hand by the ones being with me, I came unto Damascus. 12 [3Ananias 1And 2a certain], [2man 1a pious] according to the law, borne witness to by all the [2dwelling 3in 4Damascus 1Jews], 13 having come to me, and having stood by, said to me, O brother Saul, look up! And I the same hour looked up on him. 14 And he said, The God of our fathers handpicked you to know his will, and to behold the just one, and to hear the voice from out of his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness to him to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now, why be about to? Having arisen, be immersed and wash off your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord. 17 And it happened to me in returning unto Jerusalem, and my praying in the temple, there took place in me a change of state, 18 and beholding him saying to me, Hasten and go forth quickly from Jerusalem! because they will not welcome your testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, O Lord, they know that I was casting into prison and flaying against the synagogues of the ones believing upon you. 20 And when [5was poured out 1the 2blood 3of Stephen 4your witness], also I myself was standing by, and assenting with his removal, guarding the garments of the ones doing away with him. 21 And he said to me, Go! for I [3unto 4nations 5far off 1shall send 2you]! 22 And they heard him until this word, and they lifted up their voice, saying, Take [2from 3the 4earth 1such a one]! for it is not fit for him to live. 23 [3crying out 1And 2of their], and tossing their garments, and [2dust 1throwing] into the air, 24 [3bid 4him 1the 2commander] to be led unto the camp, having said, [3with whips 1Investigate 2him], that we should know for what reason thus they sounded out against him. 25 And as they stretched him forward with the straps, [2said 3to 4the 6standing 5centurion 1Paul], Is it [4a Roman man 5and 6uncondemned 1allowed 2for you 3to crack the whip on]? 26 And hearing, the centurion came forward to report to the commander, saying, Look to what you are about to do! for this man is a Roman. 27 And having come forward, the commander said to him, Tell me if you are a Roman? And he said, Yes. 28 [4responded 1And 2the 3commander], I by a great sum [2this citizenship 1acquired]. And Paul said, But I even was born to it. 29 Then immediately [4abstained 5from 6him 1the ones 2being about 3to investigate him]. And the commander also feared, realizing that he is a Roman, and that he was tied up by him. 30 And the next day, wanting to know safely why he is charged by the Jews, he loosed him from the bonds, and bid [3to come 1the 2chief priests] and all their sanhedrin; and leading down Paul, he stood him among them.
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