Paul declareth at large, how he was converted to the faith,
Acts 22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, heare ye myne answere which I make nowe vnto you. Acts 22:2 When they hearde, that he spake in the Hebrue tonge to them, they kept the more sylence. And he sayeth: Acts 22:3 I am verely a man which am a Iewe borne in Tarsus a cytie in Cycile: neuertheles, yet brought vp in thys cytie, at the fete of Gamaliell, and informed dilygently in the lawe of the fathers, and was seruent mynded to God warde, as ye all are thys same daye, Acts 22:4 and I persecuted thys waye vnto the death byndynge and delyueryng into preson both men and wemen, Acts 22:5 as the chefe preste doth beare me wytnesse, and all the estate of the elders: of whom also I receaued lettres vnto the brethren, and went to Damasco to bring them, (which were there bounde) vnto Ierusalem for to be punysshed. Acts 22:6 And it fortuned (that as I made my iorney and was come nye vnto Damasco aboute none) sodenly there shone from heauen a greate lyght ronnde aboute me, Acts 22:7 and I fell vnto the earthe, and hearde a voyce sayinge vnto me: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 22:8 And I answered: what arte thou Lorde? And he sayde vnto me: I am Iesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. Acts 22:9 And they that were wyth me, sawe verely a lyghte, and were afrayde: but they hearde not the voyce of hym that spake with me. Acts 22:10 And I sayde: what shall I do Lorde? And the Lorde sayde vnto me: Aryse, and go into Damasco, and there it shall be tolde the of all thynges, whych are appoynted for the to do. Acts 22:11 And whan I sawe nothynge for the bryghtnes of that lyght, I was leade by the hande of them that were wyth me, and came into Damasco. Acts 22:12 And one Ananias a parfecte man, (and as pertaynynge to the lawe hauynge good reporte of all the Iewes, whych there dwelt) Acts 22:13 cam vnto me, and stode, and sayde vnto me: Brother Saul, receaue thy lyght. And the same houre I receaued my syghte, and sawe hym. Acts 22:14 And he sayde: the God of our fathers hath ordeyned the before, that thou shuldest knowe hys wyll, and shuldest heare the voyce of hys mouth: Acts 22:15 for thou shalt be hys wytnes vnto all men of those thinges, which thou hast sene and heard. Acts 22:16 And nowe, why taryest thou? Aryse, and be baptysed, and wasshe awaye thy synnes in callyng on the name name of the Lorde.
and called to his apostleship.
Acts 22:17 And it fortuned, that whan I was come agayne to Ierusalem, and prayde in the temple, I was in a traunce, Acts 22:18 and sawe hym, sayinge vnto me: Make haste, and get the quyckly oute of Ierusalem: for they wyll not receaue thy wytnesse, that thou bearest of me Acts 22:19 And I sayde: Lorde, they knowe that I presoned, and bett in euery Synagoge them that beleued on the. Acts 22:20 And whan the bloude of thy wytnes Steuen was shed, I also stode by, and consented vnto hys death, and kept the rayment of them that slewe hym. Acts 22:21 And he sayd vnto me departe, for I wyll sende the a farre hence vnto the Gentyls.
At the very mentioning of the Gentiles, the people exclaim on him.
Acts 22:22 They gaue hym audience vnto thys worde, and then lyft vp theyr voyces and sayde: awaye with soche a felowe from the earth: for it is not reason that he shuld lyue. Acts 22:23 And as they cryed, and cast of thir clothes, and thrue dust into the ayer,
He should have been scourged,
Acts 22:24 the captayne commaunded hym to be brought into the castle, and bad that he shulde be scourged, and to be examined, that he might knowe, wherfore they cryed so on hym.
but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.
Acts 22:25 And whan they bounde hym wyth thonges, Paul sayde vnto the Centurion, that stode by him: Is it lauful for you to scourge a man that is a Romayn and vncondempned? Acts 22:26 When the Centurion hearde that, he went and tolde the vpper captayne, saying: What intendest thou to do? For thys man is of Rome. Acts 22:27 Then the vpper captayne cam, and sayd vnto him: tell me, art thou a Romayne? He sayd: Yee. Acts 22:28 And the captayne answered, with a great some obtayned I thys fredom. And Paul sayd: I was fre borne. Acts 22:29 Then strayght waye departed from hym they which shulde haue examyned hym. And the hye captayne also was afrayde, after he knewe that he was a Romayne, and because he had bounde hym. Acts 22:30 On the morowe (because he wolde haue knowen the certentye wherfore he was accused of the Iewes) he losed hym from hys bondes, and commaunded the hye prestes and all the counsell to come together and brought Paul forth, & set hym before them.