Bishops' Bible

Acts 22

Paul declareth at large, how he was converted to the faith,

Acts 22:1 Men, brethren, & fathers, heare ye mine aunswer whiche I make vnto you. Acts 22:2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrue tongue to the, they kept ye more scilence. And he saith:) Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Iewe, borne in Tarsus in Cilicia, and yet brought vp in this citie at ye feete of Gamaliel, and infourmed accordyng to the perfect maner of the lawe of ye fathers, and was zelous towarde God, as ye all are this same day. Acts 22:4 And I persecuted this way vnto the death, byndyng & delyueryng into prison both men and women, Acts 22:5 As also the chiefe priest doth beare me witnesse, and all the estate of the elders: of whom also I receaued letters vnto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bryng them whiche were there, bounde vnto Hierusalem for to be punisshed. Acts 22:6 And it came to passe, that as I made my iourney, & was come nye vnto Damascus, about noone, sodeinly there shone from heauen a great light rounde about me. Acts 22:7 And I fell vnto the earth, and hearde a voyce saying vnto me: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me: Acts 22:8 And I aunswered: Who art thou Lorde? And he sayde vnto me: I am Iesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest. Acts 22:9 And they that were with me, sawe veryly a lyght, and were afrayde: but they hearde not the voyce of hym that spake with me. Acts 22:10 And I saide: What shall I do Lord? And the Lorde sayde vnto me: Aryse, and go into Damascus, & there it shalbe tolde thee of all thynges whiche are appoynted for thee to do. Acts 22:11 And when I sawe nothyng for the bryghtnesse of the lyght, I was ledde by the hande of the that were with me, and came into Damascus. Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a deuout man as perteynyng to the lawe, hauyng a good report of all the Iewes whiche there dwelt, Acts 22:13 Came vnto me, and stoode, and sayde vnto me: Brother Saul, receaue thy syght. And the same houre I [receaued my syght, and] sawe hym. Acts 22:14 And he said: The God of our fathers hath ordeyned thee before, that thou shouldest knowe his wyll, and see that iuste one, and shouldest heare the voyce of his mouth. Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be his witnesse vnto all men, of those thynges which thou hast seene and hearde: Acts 22:16 And nowe why taryest thou? aryse, & be baptized, & wasshe away thy sinnes, in callyng on the name of the Lorde.

and called to his apostleship.

Acts 22:17 And it came to passe, that whe I was come agayne to Hierusalem, and prayed in the temple, I was in a traunce, Acts 22:18 And sawe him, saying vnto me: Make haste and get thee quickly out of Hierusalem: for they wyl not receaue thy witnesse concernyng me. Acts 22:19 And I sayde: Lord, they knowe that I prisoned and beat in euery synagogue them that beleued on thee. Acts 22:20 And when the blood of thy wytnesse Steuen was shedde, I also stoode by, and consented vnto his death, and kept the rayment of them that slue hym. Acts 22:21 And he sayde vnto me: depart, for I wyll sende thee farre hence vnto the gentiles.

At the very mentioning of the Gentiles, the people exclaim on him.

Acts 22:22 And they gaue him audience vnto this worde, and then lift vp their voyces and sayde: away with suche a felowe from the earth, for it is no reason yt he shoulde lyue. Acts 22:23 And as they cryed, and caste of their clothes, and threwe dust into the ayre,

He should have been scourged,

Acts 22:24 The chiefe captaine comaunded hym to be brought into the castle, & bade that he shoulde be scourged, and examined, that he myght knowe wherefore they cryed so on hym.

but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.

Acts 22:25 And as they boude him with thonges, Paul saide vnto ye Centurion that stoode by: Is it lawfull for you to scourge a man that is a Romane, and vncondempned? Acts 22:26 When the Centurion hearde that, he went and tolde the vpper captaine, saying: Take heede what thou doest, for this man is a Romane. Acts 22:27 Then the vpper captaine came, & saide vnto him: Tel me, art thou a Romane? He sayde, yea. Acts 22:28 And the chiefe captaine aunswered: With a great summe obteyned I this freedome. And Paul saide: I was free borne. Acts 22:29 Then strayghtway departed fro him they which should haue examined him. And the hie captaine also was afrayde, after he knew that he was a Romane, and because he had bounde hym. Acts 22:30 On the morowe, because he woulde haue knowen the certaintie wherefore he was accused of the Iewes, he loosed hym from his bandes, and commaunded the hye priestes & all the counsell to come together, & brought Paul foorth, and set hym before them.

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