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Chapter 22

Acts 22:1 men, brothers, and fathers, hear my defense which I make now to you.

Acts 22:2 For when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he said,

Acts 22:3 I am truthfully a man, a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the precise manner of the Law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as you all are this day.

Acts 22:4 And I persecuted this way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

Acts 22:5 As also the high priest does bear me witness, and all the council of the elders: from whom also I received letters to the brothers, and went to Damascus, to bring those who were there bound to Jerusalem, to be punished.

Acts 22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and had come close to Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light around me.

Acts 22:7 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

Acts 22:8 And I answered, who are you, Lord? And He said to me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.

Acts 22:9 Then they that were with me saw the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of Him that spoke to me.

Acts 22:10 And I said, what will I be doing, Lord? And the Lord said to me, arise, and go into Damascus; and there it will be told you all things which are appointed for you to do.

Acts 22:11 When I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand by them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

Acts 22:12 Then one Ananias, a devout man according to the Law, having a good reputation of all the Jews who dwelt there,

Acts 22:13 came to me, and stood, and said to me, brother Saul, receive your sight. And the same hour I looked up on him.

Acts 22:14 And he said, the God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know His will, and see that Just One, and should hear the voice of His mouth.

Acts 22:15 For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise, and be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I had come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

Acts 22:18 and saw Him saying to me, make haste, and get quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.

Acts 22:19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed in You:

Acts 22:20 and when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting to his death, and kept the clothing of them that were murdering him.

Acts 22:21 But He said to me, depart: for I will send you far from here to the nations.

Acts 22:22 And they listened to him until this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live!

Acts 22:23 As they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,

Acts 22:24 the chief captain commanded him to be brought into the fortress, and said that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know why they cried so against him.

Acts 22:25 As they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion that stood by, is it lawful for you to whip a man that is a Roman, and without being tried?

Acts 22:26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, take heed what you are about to do: for this man is a Roman.

Acts 22:27 Then the chief captain came and said to him, tell me, are you a Roman? He said, yes.

Acts 22:28 So the chief captain answered, with a great sum I obtained this freedom. And Paul said, but I was free born.

Acts 22:29 Immediately they departed from him who was about to examine him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

Acts 22:30 On the next day, because he would have known the certainty why he was accused by the Jews, he untied him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and placed him before them.