Paul declareth at large, how he was converted to the faith,
Acts 22:1 Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you. Acts 22:2 And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith, Acts 22:3 I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, even as ye all are this day: Acts 22:4 and I persecuted this Way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. Acts 22:5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and journeyed to Damascus to bring them also that were there unto Jerusalem in bonds to be punished. Acts 22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and drew nigh unto Damascus, about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. Acts 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. Acts 22:9 And they that were with me beheld indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. Acts 22:10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. Acts 22:11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me I came into Damascus. Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well reported of by all the Jews that dwelt there, Acts 22:13 came unto me, and standing by me said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And in that very hour I looked up on him. Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath appointed thee to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth. Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be a witness for him unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.
and called to his apostleship.
Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance, Acts 22:18 and saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem; because they will not receive of thee testimony concerning me. Acts 22:19 And I said, Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: Acts 22:20 and when the blood of Stephen thy witness was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting, and keeping the garments of them that slew him. Acts 22:21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee forth far hence unto the Gentiles.
At the very mentioning of the Gentiles, the people exclaim on him.
Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience unto this word; and they lifted up their voice, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. Acts 22:23 And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air,
He should have been scourged,
Acts 22:24 the chief captain commanded him be brought into the castle, bidding that he should be examined by scourging, that he might know for what cause they so shouted against him.
but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.
Acts 22:25 And when they had tied him up with the thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? Acts 22:26 And when the centurion heard it, he went to the chief captain and told him, saying, What art thou about to do? for this man is a Roman. Acts 22:27 And the chief captain came and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? And he said, Yea. Acts 22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship. And Paul said, But I am [a Roman] born. Acts 22:29 They then that were about to examine him straightway departed from him: and the chief captain also was afraid when he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. Acts 22:30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him, and commanded the chief priests and all the council to come together, and brought Paul down and set him before them.