Old Testament

Acts 22
221“Gentlemen, brothers, and fathers, listen to my defense, which I am now going to make to you.”
2When they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect,[] they became even more quiet.
Then he said, 3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city and trained at the feet of Gamaliel, according to the strict ways of the law of our fathers. I am just as zealous for God as all of you are today. 4I persecuted this Way to the death, tying up and throwing both men and women into prisons, 5as also the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. I even received letters from them to the brothers, and I was going to Damascus to bring back those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners so that they could be punished.
6“While I was on the way and approaching Damascus, about noon a very bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
8“I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’
9“Those who were with me saw the light,[] but they did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.
10“I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’
“The Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus. There you will be told about everything you have been assigned to do.’ 11Since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, those who were with me took me by the hand and led me into Damascus.
12“A man named Ananias lived there. He was a devout observer of the law and highly recommended by all the Jews living there. 13He came to me, and as he stood beside me, he said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ At that very moment I was able to see him.
14“Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear the sound of his voice. 15For you will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16Now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
17“When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance. 18I saw the Lord telling me: ‘Hurry, get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’
19“I said, ‘Lord, these people know that I went from one synagogue to another imprisoning and beating those who believed in you. 20And when the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I stood by, giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were putting him to death.’
21“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go, because I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”
22They were listening to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices, shouting, “Rid the earth of this fellow, for he is not fit to live!”
23When they started shouting and throwing off their cloaks and throwing dust into the air, 24the commander ordered that Paul be brought into the barracks. He directed that Paul be interrogated by whipping, in order to learn why the people were shouting at him like this. 25As they stretched him for the whipping, Paul asked the centurion standing by, “Is it legal for you to whip a man who is a Roman citizen and who has not been found guilty by a proper trial?”
26When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and said, “What are you about to do?[] This man is a Roman citizen!”
27The commander came and asked him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
He answered, “Yes.”
28Then the commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship for a large sum of money.”
Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.”
29Immediately, those who were about to interrogate him moved away from him. The commander was also alarmed when he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen, because he had tied him up.
Paul on Trial Before the Sanhedrin
30The next day, since the commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he untied him and ordered the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to meet. Then he brought Paul down and had him stand before them.


  • 22:2 Or Aramaic
  • 22:9 Some witnesses to the text add and were afraid.
  • 22:26 Some witnesses to the text read Pay attention to what you are going to do.