Acts 221 a “Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.” 2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in b the Hebrew language ▼
▼ Or the Hebrew dialect (probably Aramaic)they became even more quiet. And he said: 3 d “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated e at the feet of f Gamaliel ▼
▼ Or city at the feet of Gamaliel, educatedh according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers i being zealous for God j as all of you are this day. 4 k I persecuted l this Way m to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5 as n the high priest and o the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to p the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished. 6 q “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am r Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 s Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand ▼
▼ Or hear with understandingthe voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10 And I said u ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ 11 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus. 12 “And v one Ananias, a devout man w according to the law x well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 y came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And z at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said aa ‘The God of our fathers ab appointed you to know his will ac to see ad the Righteous One and ae to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for af you will be a witness for him to everyone of what ag you have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? ah Rise and be baptized and ai wash away your sins aj calling on his name.’ 17 ak “When I had returned to Jerusalem and al was praying in the temple, I fell into am a trance 18 and saw him saying to me, an ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another ao I imprisoned and ap beat those who believed in you. 20 And when the blood of Stephen aq your witness was being shed ar I myself was standing by and as approving and at watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21 And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you au far away to the Gentiles.’”
Paul and the Roman Tribune22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, av “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For aw he should not be allowed to live.” 23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into ax the barracks, saying that he should be ay examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. 25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips ▼
▼ Or when they had tied him up with leather stripsPaul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog ba a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 27 So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 29 So those who were about bb to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also bc was afraid bd for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that be he had bound him.
Paul Before the Council30 But on the next day bf desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them.
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