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Acts 22 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Paul’s Defense at Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:1 - “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:2 - And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent. Then he said:

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:3 - “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:4 - “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:5 - “as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:6 - “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven 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 - “So 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 - “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid,[fn] but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:10 - “So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:11 - “And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:12 - “Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:13 - “came to me; and he stood and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:14 - “Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:15 - ‘For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:16 - ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:17 - “Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:18 - “and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:19 - “So I said, ‘Lord, they know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believe on You.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:20 - ‘And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death,[fn] and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:21 - “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’ ”
Paul’s Roman Citizenship

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:22 - And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:23 - Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:24 - the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:25 - And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:26 - When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:27 - Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” He said, “Yes.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:28 - The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:29 - Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
The Sanhedrin Divided

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 22:30 - The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits and were afraid.
NU-Text omits to his death.
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