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Acts 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:1 - “Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:2 - And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language,[fn] they became even more quiet. And he said:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:3 - “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel[fn] according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:4 - I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:5 - as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:6 - “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:7 - And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:8 - And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:9 - Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand[fn] the voice of the one who was speaking to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:10 - And I said, ‘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.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:11 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:12 - “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:13 - came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:14 - And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:15 - for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:16 - And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:17 - “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:18 - and saw him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:19 - And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:20 - And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:21 - And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’

Paul and the Roman Tribune

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:22 - Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:23 - And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:24 - the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:25 - But when they had stretched him out for the whips,[fn] Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:26 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:27 - So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:28 - The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:29 - So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

Paul Before the Council

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:30 - But on the next day, 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.
ESV Footnotes
Or the Hebrew dialect (probably Aramaic)
Or city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated
Or hear with understanding
Or when they had tied him up with leather strips

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