And when they heard that he addressed them in the Hebrew tongue, they were all the more quiet. And he continued,
I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia but reared in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated according to the strictest care in the Law of our fathers, being ardent for God, as all of you are today.
I harassed (troubled, molested, and persecuted) this Way to the death, putting in chains and committing to prison both men and women,
As the high priest and whole council of elders (Sanhedrin) can testify; for from them indeed I received letters with which I was on my way to the brethren in Damascus in order to take also those who were there, and bring them in chains to Jerusalem that they might be punished.
But as I was on my journey and approached Damascus, about noon a great blaze of light flashed suddenly from heaven and shone about me.
And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me ?
And I replied, Who are You, Lord? And He said to me, I am Jesus the Nazarene, Whom you are persecuting.
Now the men who were with me saw the light, but they did not hear the voice of the One Who was speaking to me .
And I asked, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord answered me, Get up and go into Damascus, and there it will be told you all that it is destined and appointed for you to do.
And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and I arrived in Damascus.
And one Ananias, a devout man according to the Law, well spoken of by all the Jews who resided there,
Came to see me, and standing by my side said to me, Brother Saul, Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.look up and receive back your sight. And in that very James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary.instant I looking up saw him.
And he said, The God of our forefathers has destined and appointed you to come progressively to know His will , and to see the Righteous One (Jesus Christ, the Messiah), and to hear a voice from His mouth and a message from His lips;
For you will be His witness unto all men of everything that you have seen and heard.
And now, why do you delay? Rise and be baptized, and Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: Circumstantial participle expressing manner or means.by calling upon His name, wash away your sins.
Then when I had come back to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple , I fell into a trance (an ecstasy);
And I saw Him as He said to me, Hurry, get quickly out of Jerusalem, because they will not receive your testimony about Me.
And I said, Lord, they themselves well know that throughout all the synagogues I cast into prison and flogged those who believed on (adhered to and trusted in and relied on) You.
And when the blood of Your witness (martyr) Stephen was shed, I also was personally standing by and consenting and approving and guarding the garments of those who slew him.
And the Lord said to me, Go, for I will send you far away unto the Gentiles (nations).
Up to the moment that Paul made this last statement, the people listened to him; but now they raised their voices and shouted, Away with such a fellow from the earth! He is not fit to live!
And as they were shouting and tossing and waving their garments and throwing dust into the air,
The commandant ordered that Paul be brought into the barracks, and that he be examined by scourging in order that might learn why the people cried out thus against him.
But when they had stretched him out with the thongs (leather straps), Paul asked the centurion who was standing by, Is it legal for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned ?
When the centurion heard that, he went to the commandant and said to him, What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen!
So the commandant came and said to , Tell me, are you a Roman citizen? And he said, Yes !
The commandant replied, I purchased this citizenship for a big price. Paul said, But I was born !
Instantly those who were about to examine and flog him withdrew from him; and the commandant also was frightened, for he realized that was a Roman citizen and he had put him in chains.
But the next day, desiring to know the real cause for which the Jews accused him, he unbound him and ordered the chief priests and all the council (Sanhedrin) to assemble; and he brought Paul down and placed him before them.
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