Paul declareth at large, how he was converted to the faith,
Acts 22:1 Ye men, brethren and Fathers, heare my defence nowe towards you. Acts 22:2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrewe tongue to them, they kept the more silence, and he sayd) Acts 22:3 I am verely a man, which am a Iew, borne in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought vp in this citie at the feete of Gamaliel, & instructed according to the perfect maner of the Lawe of the Fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. Acts 22:4 And I persecuted this way vnto the death, binding and deliuering into prison both men and women. Acts 22:5 As also ye chiefe Priest doeth beare me witnes, & al the company of the Elders: of whom also I receiued letters vnto the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring them which were there, bound vnto Hierusalem, that they might be punished. Acts 22:6 And so it was, as I iourneyed and was come neere vnto Damascus about noone, that suddenly there shone from heauen a great light round about me. Acts 22:7 So I fell vnto the earth, and heard a voyce, saying vnto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou mee? Acts 22:8 Then I answered, Who art thou, Lorde? And he said to me, I am Iesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. Acts 22:9 Moreouer they that were with me, sawe in deede a light and were afraide: but they heard not the voyce of him that spake vnto me. Acts 22:10 Then I sayd, What shall I doe, Lord? And the Lorde sayde vnto me, Arise, and goe into Damascus: and there it shall be tolde thee of all things, which are appointed for thee to doe. Acts 22:11 So when I could not see for the glory of that light, I was led by the hand of them that were with me, and came into Damascus. Acts 22:12 And one Ananias a godly man, as perteining to the Lawe, hauing good report of all the Iewes which dwelt there, Acts 22:13 Came vnto me, and stoode, and sayd vnto me, Brother Saul, receiue thy sight: and that same houre I looked vpon him. Acts 22:14 And he sayd, The God of our fathers hath appointed thee, that thou shouldest knowe his wil, and shouldest see that Iust one, and shouldest heare the voyce of his mouth. Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be his witnes vnto all men, of the things which thou hast seene and heard. Acts 22:16 Now therefore why tariest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sinnes, in calling on the Name of the Lord.
and called to his apostleship.
Acts 22:17 And it came to passe, that when I was come againe to Hierusalem, and prayed in the Temple, I was in a traunce, Acts 22:18 And saw him saying vnto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Hierusalem: for they will not receiue thy witnes concerning me. Acts 22:19 Then I sayd, Lord, they know that I prisoned, and beat in euery Synagogue them that beleeued in thee. Acts 22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Steuen was shed, I also stood by, and consented vnto his death, & kept the clothes of them that slew him. Acts 22:21 Then he sayd vnto me, Depart: for I will send thee farre hence vnto the Gentiles.
At the very mentioning of the Gentiles, the people exclaim on him.
Acts 22:22 And they heard him vnto this worde, but then they lift vp their voyces, and sayd, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not meete that he should liue. Acts 22:23 And as they cried & cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the aire,
He should have been scourged,
Acts 22:24 The chiefe captaine commanded him to be led into the castle, and bade that he should be scourged, and examined, that he might knowe wherefore they cryed so on him.
but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.
Acts 22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul sayd vnto the Centurion that stood by, Is it lawfull for you to scourge one that is a Romane, and not condemned? Acts 22:26 Nowe when the Centurion heard it, hee went, and tolde the chiefe captaine, saying, Take heede what thou doest: for this man is a Romane. Acts 22:27 Then the chiefe captaine came, and sayd to him, Tel me, art thou a Romane? And he said, Yea. Acts 22:28 And the chiefe captaine answered, With a great summe obtained I this freedome. Then Paul sayd, But I was so borne. Acts 22:29 Then straightway they departed from him, which should haue examined him: and the chiefe captaine also was afrayd, after he knewe that hee was a Romane, and that he had bound him. Acts 22:30 On the next day, because hee would haue knowen the certaintie wherefore he was accused of the Iewes, he loosed him from his bonds, and commaunded the hie Priests and all their Councill to come together: and he brought Paul, and set him before them.