1“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you.”
2When they heard that he was addressing them in Aramaic,22:2 Or Hebrew they became even quieter.22:1–2 Ac 7:2; 21:40
3He22:3–16 Ac 9:1–22; 26:9–18 continued, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel22:3 Dt 33:3; Ac 5:34; 9:11; 21:39; 2Co 11:22; Php 3:5 according to the strictness of our ancestral law. I was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.22:3 Ac 26:5; Rm 10:2; Php 3:6
4I persecuted this Way22:4 Ac 9:2; 24:14,22 to the death, arresting and putting both men and women in jail,22:4 Ac 8:3; 22:19–20; 26:10
6“As22:6–11 Ac 9:3–8; 26:12–18 I was traveling and approaching Damascus, about noon an intense light from heaven suddenly flashed around me.
7I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
8“I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.’
10“I said, ‘What should I do, Lord?’
“The Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything that you have been assigned to do.’
11“Since I couldn’t see because of the brightness of the light,22:11 Lit the glory of that light I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and went into Damascus.22:10–11 Ac 9:8; 16:30
12Someone named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, who had a good reputation with all the Jews living there,22:12 Ac 9:10,17; 10:22
13came and stood by me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And in that very hour I looked up and saw him.
14And he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has appointed22:14 Ac 3:13; 9:15; 26:16 you to know his will, to see22:14 1Co 9:1; 15:8 the Righteous One,22:14 Ac 3:14; 7:52 and to hear the words from his mouth,
15since you will be a witness for him to all people of what you have seen and heard.22:15 Ac 23:11; 26:16
17“After I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance22:17 Ac 9:26; 10:10
18and saw him telling me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’
19“But I said, ‘Lord, they know that in synagogue after synagogue I had those who believed in you imprisoned and beaten.22:19 Mt 10:17; Ac 8:3; 22:4
Paul’s Roman Protection
23As they were yelling and flinging aside their garments and throwing dust into the air,22:23 2Sm 16:13; Ac 7:58
24the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, directing that he be interrogated with the scourge to discover the reason they were shouting against him like this.
26When the centurion heard this, he went and reported to the commander, saying, “What are you going to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.”
27The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
“Yes,” he said.
28The commander replied, “I bought this citizenship for a large amount of money.”
“But I was born a citizen,” Paul said.
Paul before the Sanhedrin
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