Acts 221 Paul declares at large how he was converted to the faith,17 and called to his apostleship.22 At the very mentioning of the Gentiles the people exclaim on him.24 He would have been scourged;25 but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapes. brethren.7:2; 13:26; 23:1,6; 28:17my. Greek all.19:33; 24:10; 25:8,16; 26:1,2,24; Lu 12:11; 21:14; Ro 2:15; 1Co 9:32Co 7:11; 12:19; Php 1:7,17; 2Ti 4:16; 1Pe 3:15 in.21:40 Jew.21:39; Ro 11:1; 2Co 11:22; Php 3:5in Tarsus.9:11,30; 11:25a city.6:9; 15:23,41; 23:34; Ga 1:21at.De 33:3; 2Ki 4:38; Lu 2:46; 8:35; 10:39Gamaliel.5:34taught.23:6; 26:5; Ga 1:14; Php 3:5was.21:20; 2Sa 21:2; Ro 10:2,3; Ga 4:17,18; Php 3:6 I persecuted.19,20; 7:58; 8:1-4; 9:1,2,13,14,21; 26:9-11; 1Co 15:9; Php 3:61Ti 1:13-15this.16:17; 18:26; 19:9,23; 24:14 also.9:1,2,14; 26:10,12and all.4:5; 5:21; Lu 22:66the brethren.1; Ro 9:3,4 that.It is evident that the apostle considered his extraordinary conversion as a most complete demonstration of the truth of Christianity; and when all the particulars of his education, his previous religious principles, his zeal, his enmity against Christians, and his prospects of secular honours and preferments by persecuting them, are compared with the subsequent part of his life, and the sudden transition from a furious persecutor to a zealous preacher of the gospel, in which he laboured and suffered to the end of his life, and for which he died a martyr, it must convince every candid and impartial person that no rational account can be given of this change, except what he himself assigns; and consequently, if that be true, that Christianity is Divine. that.9:3-5; 26:12Damascus.Ge 14:15; 15:2; 2Sa 8:6about.26:13; Isa 24:23; Mt 17:2; Re 1:16 Saul.Ge 3:9; 16:8; 22:1,11; Ex 3:4; 1Sa 3:10why.Isa 43:22-26; Jer 2:5,9; Mt 25:45; 27:23; 1Ti 1:13 I am.3:6; 4:10; 6:14; Mt 2:23whom.26:14,15; Ex 16:7,8; 1Sa 8:7; Zec 2:8; Mt 10:40-42; 25:40,451Co 12:12,26,27 saw.9:7; Da 10:7but.Joh 12:29,30 What.2:37; 9:6; 10:33; 16:30; Ps 25:8,9; 143:8-10there.12-16; 26:16-18 when.9:8,9being.13:11; Isa 42:16 one.9:10-18a devout.8:2; 17:4; Lu 2:25having.6:3; 10:22; 2Co 6:8; 1Ti 3:7; Heb 11:2; 3Jo 1:12 Brother.9:17; Phm 1:16 The God.3:13; 5:30; 13:17; 24:14; Ex 3:13-16; 15:2; 2Ki 21:22; 1Ch 12:171Ch 29:18; 2Ch 28:25; 30:19; Ezr 7:27; Da 2:23hath.9:15; Jer 1:5; Joh 15:16; Ro 1:1; Ga 1:15; 2Ti 1:1; Tit 1:1and see.18; 9:17; 26:16; 1Co 9:1; 15:8that.3:14; 7:52; 2Co 5:21; 1Pe 2:22; 1Jo 2:1hear.1Co 11:23; 15:3; Ga 1:12 thou shalt.1:8,22; 10:39-41; 23:11; 26:16-18; 27:24; Lu 24:47,48; Joh 15:27of.4:20; 26:20 why.Ps 119:60; Jer 8:14arise.2:38; Ro 6:3,4; 1Co 6:11; 12:13; Ga 3:27; Tit 3:5; Heb 10:221Pe 3:21calling.2:21; 9:14; Ro 10:12-14; 1Co 1:2 when.9:26-28; Ga 1:18while.10:9,10; 2Co 12:1-4; Re 1:10 saw.14Make.Mt 10:14,23; Lu 21:21for.3:19; Eze 3:6,7 know.4; 8:3; 9:1; 26:9-12beat.Mt 10:17 martyr.Re 2:13; 17:6Stephen.7:58; 8:1consenting.Lu 11:48; Ro 1:32 Depart.9:15for.9:15; 13:2,46,47; 18:6; 26:17,18; Ro 1:5; 11:13; 15:16; 16:26Ga 1:15,16; 2:7,8; Eph 3:6-8; 1Ti 2:7; 2Ti 1:11 Away.7:54-57; 21:36; 25:24; Lu 23:18; Joh 19:15for.25:24 cast.7:53; 26:11; Ec 10:3 The chief.As the chief captain did not understand Hebrew, he was ignorant of the charge against Paul, and also of the defence which the apostle had made; but as he saw that they grew more and more outrageous, he supposed that Paul must have given them the highest provocation, and therefore, according to the barbarous and irrational practice which has existed in all countries, he determined to put him to the torture, in order to make him confess his crime. 21:31,32; 23:10,27that he should.25-29; 16:22,23,37; Joh 19:1; Heb 11:35 the centurion.10:1; 23:17; 27:1,3,43; Mt 8:8; 27:54Is it.By the Roman law, no magistrate was allowed to punish a Roman citizen capitally, or by inflicting stripes, or even binding him; and the single expression, I am a Roman citizen, arrested their severest decrees, and obtained, if not an escape, at least a delay of his punishment. 27,28; 16:37; 25:16 Take.29; 23:27 27 But.It is extremely probable that the inhabitants of Tarsus, born in that city, had the same rights and privileges as Roman citizens, in consequence of a grant or charter from Julius Cæsar, from whom it was called Juliopolis. But if this were not the case, St. Paul's father, or some of his ancestors, might have been rewarded with the freedom of the city of Rome, for his fidelity and bravery in some military service, as Josephus says several of the Jews were; or his father might have obtained it by purchase, as in the instance of the chief captain. 28 examined him. or, tortured him.24; Heb 11:35the chief.25,26; 16:38,39 because.21:11,33; 23:28; 26:29; Mt 27:2commanded.5; 5:21; 23:15; Mt 10:17
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