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Acts 22

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

Acts 22:1 Ye men, brethren, and fathers, heare myne answere which I make vnto you. Acts 22:2 Whan they herde that he spake vnto them in the Hebrue, they kepte the more sylence. And he sayde: Acts 22:3 I am a man which am a Iewe, borne at Tharsis in Celicia, and broughte vp in this cite at the fete off Gamaliel, enfourmed diligently in the lawe of the fathers, and was feruent mynded to God warde, as ye all are also this daye, Acts 22:4 and I persecuted this waye vnto the death. I bounde them and delyuered them vnto preson, both men and wemen, Acts 22:5 as ye hye prest also doth beare me wytnesse, and all ye Elders: of whom I receaued letters vnto the brethren, and wente towarde Damascon, that I mighte brynge them which were there, bounde to Ierusalem, to be punyshed. Acts 22:6 But it fortuned as I made my iourney, and came nye vnto Damascon, aboute noone, sodenly there shone a greate lighte aboute me from heauen, Acts 22:7 and I fell to the earth, and herde a voyce which sayde vnto me: Saull Saull, why persecutest thou me? Acts 22:8 I answered: Who art thou LORDE? And he sayde vnto me: I am Iesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest. Acts 22:9 As for them that were with me, they sawe ye lighte and were afrayed, but they herde not the voyce of him that spake with me. Acts 22:10 I sayde: LORDE, what shal I do? The LORDE sayde vnto me: Aryse, and go in to Damascon, there shal it be tolde ye of all that is appoynted the to do. Acts 22:11 But whan I sawe nothinge for the bryghtnesse of the lighte, I was led by the hande of them that were with me, and came to Damascon. Acts 22:12 There was one Ananias, a deuoute man after the lawe, which had a good reporte of all the Iewes that dwelt there, Acts 22:13 the same came, and stepte vnto me, and sayde: Brother Saul, loke vp. And I loked vp vpon him the same houre. Acts 22:14 He sayde: The God of oure fathers hath ordeyned the before, that thou shuldest knowe his wyll, and se the thinge yt is rightfull, and heare the voyce out of his mouth: Acts 22:15 for thou shalt be his wytnesse vnto all men, of tho thinges which thou hast sene and herde. Acts 22:16 And now why tariest thou? Aryse, and be baptysed, and wasse awaye thy synnes, and call vpon the name of the LORDE.

and called to his apostleship.

Acts 22:17 But it fortuned, that whan I was come agayne to Ierusale, and prayed in the temple, I was in a traunce, Acts 22:18 and sawe him. Then sayde he vnto me: Make haist, and get the soone out of Ierusalem, for they wyl not receaue the witnesse that thou bearest of me. Acts 22:19 And I sayde: LORDE, they the selues knowe that I put in preson and bett in euery synagoge them that beleued on the. Acts 22:20 And wha the bloude of Steue thy witnesse was shed, I stode by also, & consented vnto his death, and kepte the clothes of them that slewe him. Acts 22:21 And he sayde vnto me: Go thy waye, for I wil sende the farre amonge the Hey then.

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

Acts 22:22 They gaue him audience vnto this worde, and lifte vp their voyce, & sayde: Awaye with soch a felowe from the earth, for it is not reason that he shulde lyue. Acts 22:23 But as they cried, and cast of their clothes, & thrue dust in to the ayre,

He should have been scourged,

Acts 22:24 the captayne bad brynge him into the castell, and commaunded him to be beaten with roddes and to be examyned, that he mighte knowe, for what cause they cried so vpon him.

but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.

Acts 22:25 And whan he bounde him with thonges, Paul sayde vnto the vndercaptayne that stode by: Is it laufull for you to scourge a man that is a Romayne, and vncondemned? Acts 22:26 Whan the vndercaptayne herde that, he wete to the vpper captayne, and tolde him, and sayde? What wilt thou do? This man is a Romayne. Acts 22:27 Then came ye vpper captayne, and sayde vnto him: Tell me, art thou a Romayne? He sayde: Yee. Acts 22:28 And the vpper captayne answered: With a greate summe optayned I this fredome. But Paul sayde: As for me, I am a Romayne borne. Acts 22:29 The straight waye departed from him, they that shulde haue examyned him. And ye chefe captayne was afrayed, whan he knewe that he was a Romayne, and because he had bounde him. Acts 22:30 On the nexte daye wolde he knowe the certentye wherfore he was accused of the Iewes, and he lowsed him from the bondes, and commaunded the hye prestes and all their councell to come together, and broughte Paul forth, and set him amonge them.

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