Paul declareth at large, how he was converted to the faith,
Acts 22:1 Brethren and fathers! Hear ye, the defence, which I now make unto you: Acts 22:2 And, when they heard that, in the Hebrew language, he had begun to address them, they kept the more quiet. And he saith Acts 22:3 I, am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but nurtured in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel,trained after the strictness of our ancestral law; being jealous for God just as, all ye, are this day; Acts 22:4 and, this way, I persecuted unto the death, binding and delivering up into prisons both men and women: Acts 22:5 as, even the High-priest, beareth me witness, and all the Eldership,from whom, letters also, accepting to the brethren, unto Damascus, was I journeying, to bring them who were there bound unto Jerusalem, that they might be punished. Acts 22:6 But it befell me, as I was journeying and drawing nigh unto Damascus, that, about mid-daysuddenlyout of heaven, there flashed a great light all around me; Acts 22:7 I fell also to the ground, and heard a voice saying unto meSaul! Saul! Why, me, art thou persecuting? Acts 22:8 And, I, answeredWho art thou, Lord? And he said unto meI, am Jesus the Nazarene, whom, thou, art persecuting! Acts 22:9 Now, they who were with me, beheld, indeed, the light, but heard not, the voice, of him that was speaking with me Acts 22:10 And saidWhat shall I do, Lord? And, the Lord, said unto meArise, and be going thy way into Damascus, and, there, shall it be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. Acts 22:11 But, as I could not see clearly owing to the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them who were with me, I came into Damascus. Acts 22:12 And, one Ananias, a man devout according to the law, well-attested by all the Jews that dwelt there, Acts 22:13 coming unto me, and standing over me, saidSaul, brother! look up. And, I, in that very hour, looked up on him. Acts 22:14 And he saidThe God of our fathers, hath chosen thee to get to know his will, and to see the Righteous One,and to hear a voice out of his mouth. Acts 22:15 Because thou shalt be a witness to him unto all men, of the things which thou hast seen and heard. Acts 22:16 And, now, what art thou going to do? Arise, and get thyself immersed, and have thy sins bathed away, calling upon his name.
and called to his apostleship.
Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, when had returned unto Jerusalem, and was praying in the temple, that I came to be in a trance, Acts 22:18 and saw him, saying unto meHaste thee, and go forth speedily out of Jerusalem, inasmuch as they will not accept thy witness concerning me. Acts 22:19 And, I, saidLord! they themselves, well know that I was imprisoning and beating in every synagogue them who were believing on thee. Acts 22:20 And, when the blood of Stephen thy witness was being shed, even I myself, was standing by, and approving, and guarding the mantles of them who were slaying him. Acts 22:21 And he said unto meBe taking thy journey; because, I, unto nations afar off, will send thee.
At the very mentioning of the Gentiles, the people exclaim on him.
Acts 22:22 And they hearkened unto him as far as this word, and lifted up their voice, sayingAway from the earth, with such a man as this, for it is not fit that he should live. Acts 22:23 Now, as they were both making an outcry and tearing their mantles,dust, also were throwing into the air,
He should have been scourged,
Acts 22:24 the captain ordered him to be brought into the castle, saying, that, with scourging, he should be put to the test,that he might find out, for what cause they were, thus, clamouring against him.
but claiming the privilege of a Roman, he escapeth.
Acts 22:25 But, when they had stretched him out with straps, Paul said unto the by-standing centurionA Roman, and uncondemned, is it allowed you to be scourging? Acts 22:26 And, when the centurion heard [that], he went unto the captain, and reported, sayingWhat art thou going to do? For, this man, is, a Roman? Acts 22:27 And the captain, coming up, said to himTell me! Art, thou, a, Roman? And, he, saidYea! Acts 22:28 And the captain answeredI, for a large sum, this citizenship acquired! And, Paul, saidBut, I, am even, [free-] born! Acts 22:29 Straightway, therefore, they who were about to put him to the test, withdrew from him; and, even the captain, was struck with fear, when he found out he was, a Roman, and because, him, he had bound. Acts 22:30 But, on the morrow, being minded to get to know the certainty as to why he was being accused by the Jews, he released him, and ordered the High-priests and all the High-council to come together; and, bringing down Paul, set him before them.