Matthew Bible

Acts 22

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

Acts 22:1 Ye men, brethren, and fathers: heare myne aunswere whiche I make vnto you. Acts 22:2 When they heard that he spake in the Hebrue tonge to them: they kept þe more silence. And he sayd: Acts 22:3 I am verely a man which am a Iewe borne in Tharsus, a citie in Cicil: neuerthelesse yet brought vp in thys citie at þe fete of Gamaliel, and informed diligentlye in the lawe of the fathers, and was feruent mynded to godwarde, as ye all are this same day, Acts 22:4 and I persecuted thys waye vnto the deathe, byndynge and delyuerynge into pryson both men and women, Acts 22:5 as the chief priest doth beare me wytnes and all the elders, of whome also I receyued letters vnto the brethren, and went to Damasco to bring them which were there bounde vnto Ierusalem for to be punyshed. Acts 22:6 And it fortuned as I made my iorney and was come nye vnto Damasco aboute none, that sodenlye there shone from heauen a greate lyght rounde aboute me, Acts 22:7 and I fell to the earthe, and heard a voyce, saiynge vnto me: Saul, Saule, why persecutest thou me? Acts 22:8 And I aunswered: what arte 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 verelye 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 Lord? And the Lorde sayed vnto me. Aryse and go into Damasco, and there it shalbe tolde the of all thynges which are appoynted for the to do. Acts 22:11 And when I sawe nothynge for þe brightnes of that lyght, I was ledde by the hand of them þt were with me, and came into Damasco. Acts 22:12 And one Ananias a perfecte man, and as pertaynynge to the lawe hauynge good reporte of all the Iewes whiche there dwelte, Acts 22:13 came vnto me, and stode, and sayde vnto me: brother Saule, loke vp. And that same houre I receyued my sighte, and sawe hym. Acts 22:14 And he sayde: the God of oure fathers hath ordeyned the before, that thou shouldeste knowe hys wyll, and shouldeste se that which is ryghtfull: and shouldest heare the voyce of hys mouth: Acts 22:15 for thou shalte be hys wytnes vnto all men of those thynges whiche thou haste sene and hearde. Acts 22:16 And now, why taryest thou? aryse and be baptysed, and washe awaye thy synnes in callynge on the name of the Lorde.

and called to his apostleship.

Acts 22:17 And it fortuned when I was come agayn to Ierusalem, and prayde in the temple that I was in a traunce, Acts 22:18 and sawe hym, saiyng vnto me: Make hast, and get the quickly out of Ierusalem: for they wyll not receyue the wytnes that thou bearest of me. Acts 22:19 And I sayde: Lorde, they knowe that I prysoned and beate in euery synagoge then that beleued on the, Acts 22:20 and when the bloude of thy witnes Stephan was shede: I also stode by, and consented vnto his death, and kepte the rayment of them that slew hym. Acts 22:21 And he sayd vnto me: depart, for I wyl 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 audience vnto thys worde, and then lyft vp theyr voyces, and sayde: awaye with suche a felowe from the earthe, it is pytye that he shoulde lyue. Acts 22:23 And as they cryed, and caste of theyr clothes, and thrue duste into the ayer,

He should have been scourged,

Acts 22:24 þe captayne bad him to be brought into the castel and commaunded hym to be scourged, and to be examyned, that he myght knowe wherfore they cryed on hym.

but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.

Acts 22:25 And as they bounde hym with thonges, Paule sayde to the Centuryon that stode by. Is it lawfull for you to scourge a man that is a Romayne and vncondempned? Acts 22:26 When the Centuryon hearde that, he wente, and tolde the vpper captayne saiynge: What intendest thou to do? This man is a Romayn. Acts 22:27 Then the vpper Captayne came, and said to hym: tell me, arte thou a Romayne? He sayde: Yea. Acts 22:28 And the captayn aunswered: with a great some obtayned I thys fredome: And Paul sayd: I was free borne. Acts 22:29 Then strayght waye departed from hym, they which should haue examyned hym. And the hye Captayne also was afrayde, after he knewe that he was a Romayne: because he had bounde hym. Acts 22:30 On the morowe because he woulde haue knowen the certaintye wherfore he was accused of the Iewes, he loused hym from his bondes, and commaunded the hye Priestes and all the counsell to come together, and brought Paule and set hym before them.

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