Acts 22:1-30 THE HOLY BIBLE
The Acts Of The Apostles Chapter 22:1-30
Acts 22:1 "My brothers and fathers, listen to what I am about to say to you in my defense."
Acts 22:2 When they heard him addressing them in Hebrew they became all the more quiet. And he continued,
Acts 22:3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.
Acts 22:4 I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.
Acts 22:5 Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well.
Acts 22:6 "On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me.
Acts 22:7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'
Acts 22:8 I replied, 'Who are you, sir?' And he said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.'
Acts 22:9 My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me.
Acts 22:10 I asked, 'What shall I do, sir?' The Lord answered me, 'Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.'
Acts 22:11 Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.
Acts 22:12 "A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
Acts 22:13 came to me and stood there and said, 'Saul, my brother, regain your sight.' And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him.
Acts 22:14 Then he said, 'The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice;
Acts 22:15 for you will be his witness 2 before all to what you have seen and heard.
Acts 22:16 Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.'
Acts 22:17 "After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance
Acts 22:18 and saw the Lord saying to me, 'Hurry, leave Jerusalem at once, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'
Acts 22:19 But I replied, 'Lord, they themselves know that from synagogue to synagogue I used to imprison and beat those who believed in you.
Acts 22:20 And when the blood of your witness Stephen was being shed, I myself stood by giving my approval and keeping guard over the cloaks of his murderers.'
Acts 22:21 Then he said to me, 'Go, I shall send you far away to the Gentiles.'"
Acts 22:22 They listened to him until he said this, but then they raised their voices and shouted, "Take such a one as this away from the earth. It is not right that he should live."
Acts 22:23 And as they were yelling and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
Acts 22:24 the cohort commander ordered him to be brought into the compound and gave instruction that he be interrogated under the lash to determine the reason why they were making such an outcry against him.
Acts 22:25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion on duty, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen and has not been tried?"
Acts 22:26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the cohort commander and reported it, saying, "What are you going to do? This man is a Roman citizen."
Acts 22:27 Then the commander came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes," he answered.
Acts 22:28 The commander replied, "I acquired this citizenship for a large sum of money." Paul said, "But I was born one."
Acts 22:29 At once those who were going to interrogate him backed away from him, and the commander became alarmed when he realized that he was a Roman citizen and that he had had him bound.
Acts 22:30 The next day, wishing to determine the truth about why he was being accused by the Jews, he freed him and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.