Acts 221 Brethren, and Fathers, hear now my apology to you, 2 ---(and when they heard that he spake to them in the Hebrew dialect, they the more readily kept silence, and he said,) 3 ---I am indeed a Jew, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but educated in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, accurately instructed in the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted those of this persuasion even unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5 As the high priest is my witness, and all the elders: from whom I received letters to our brethren, and went to Damascus to bring those also, that were there, bound to Jerusalem, to be punished. 6 And it came to pass that as I was on my journey and drew nigh to Damascus, about mid-day, on a sudden a great light from heaven shone round about me: 7 and I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And He said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. 9 And they that were with me saw the light indeed, and were affrighted; but they did not hear the voice of Him that spake to me. 10 And I said, Lord, what shall I do? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go on to Damascus, and there it shall be told thee concerning all things which are appointed for thee to do. 11 And as I could not see by reason of the glory of that light, being led by the hand by those that were with me, I came to Damascus. 12 And one Ananias, a devout observer of the law, who had a good character from all the Jews that dwelt there, 13 came to me, and stood by me, and said, Brother Saul, look up: and I immediately looked up upon him. 14 And he said, The God of our Fathers hath before appointed thee to know his will, and to see the just One, and to hear a voice from his mouth. 15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men, of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And now why shouldst thou delay? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord. 17 And when I was returned to Jerusalem, and was praying in the temple, I was in a trance. 18 And I saw Him saying unto me, Make haste and go quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and scourged in the synagogues them that believed on Thee. 20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also stood by and consented to his death, and kept the clothes of them that slew him. 21 But he said unto me, Go away; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.--- 22 And they heard him to this word, and then they exalted their voice, saying, Away with such a fellow from the earth; for it is not fit that he should live. 23 And as they were bawling out, and throwing off their clothes, and casting up dust into the air, 24 the tribune commanded him to be brought into the castle, and ordered him to be put to the question by scourging; that he might know for what reason they so cried out against him. 25 And as they were binding him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, uncondemned? 26 And the centurion hearing this, went and told the tribune, saying, Consider what thou art about to do; for this man is a Roman. 27 Then the tribune came and said to him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? And he said, Yes. 28 And the tribune replied, I obtained this freedom with a large sum of money. And Paul said, But I was free-born. 29 Immediately therefore those who were going to put him to the question quitted him: and the tribune also was afraid, when he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. 30 And on the morrow, desiring to know for certain what he was accused of by the Jews, he loosed him from his bonds, and ordered the chief priests and all their council to attend; and he brought down Paul, and set him before them:
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