Paul’s Defense before the Jews1 a “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.” 2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the ▼
▼ I.e. Jewish Aramaic, c Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said, 3 d “I am e a Jew, born in f Tarsus of g Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated ▼
▼ Lit at the feet ofunder i Gamaliel ▼
▼ Lit according to the strictness of the ancestral law, k strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as l you all are today. 4 m “I persecuted this n Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, 5 as also o the high priest and all p the Council of the elders ▼
▼ Lit testifies for mecan testify. From them I also r received letters to s the brethren, and started off for t Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem ▼
▼ Lit having been boundas prisoners to be punished. 6 v “But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all 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 w Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 “And those who were with me x saw the light, to be sure, but y did not ▼
▼ Or hear (with comprehension)understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. 10 “And I said, ‘ aa What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’ 11 “But since I ab could not see because of the ▼
▼ Lit glorybrightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus. 12 “A certain ad Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and ae well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘ af Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And ▼
▼ Or instantly; lit at the very hour, ah at that very time I looked up at him. 14 “And he said, ‘ ai The God of our fathers has aj appointed you to know His will and to ak see the al Righteous One and to hear an ▼
▼ Or message; lit voiceutterance from His mouth. 15 ‘For you will be an a witness for Him to all men of ao what you have seen and heard. 16 ‘Now why do you delay? ap Get up and be baptized, and aq wash away your sins, ar calling on His name.’ 17 “It happened when I as returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I at fell into a trance, 18 and I saw Him saying to me, ‘ au Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’ 19 “And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves understand that in one synagogue after another av I used to imprison and aw beat those who believed in You. 20 ‘And ax when the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.’ 21 “And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away ay to the Gentiles.’” 22 They listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said az “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for ba he should not be allowed to live!” 23 And as they were crying out and bb throwing off their cloaks and bc tossing dust into the air, 24 the ▼
▼ I.e. chiliarch, in command of one thousand troopscommander ordered him to be brought into be the barracks, stating that he should be bf examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way. 25 But when they stretched him out ▼
▼ Or for the whipwith thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it ▼
▼ Interrogation by torture was a procedure used with slaveslawful for you to scourge bi a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the ▼ commander and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.” 27 The ▼ commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The ▼ commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.” 29 Therefore those who were about to bm examine him immediately ▼
▼ Lit withdrew fromlet go of him; and the ▼ commander also bp was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had ▼
▼ Lit bound him, br put him in chains. 30 But on the next day bs wishing to know for certain why he had been accused by the Jews, he bt released him and ordered the chief priests and all bu the ▼
▼ Or SanhedrinCouncil to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
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