Acts 22:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 "When I returned to Jerusalem1 and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance2 18 and saw the Lord speaking. 'Quick!' he said to me. 'Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.' 19 " 'Lord,' I replied, 'these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison3 and beat4 those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyra Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'5 21 "Then the Lord said to me, 'Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "6

Paul the Roman Citizen

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, "Rid the earth of him!7 He's not fit to live!"8 23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks9 and flinging dust into the air,10 24 the commander ordered Paul to be taken into the barracks.11 He directed12 that he be flogged and questioned in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn't even been found guilty?"13 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. "What are you going to do?" he asked. "This man is a Roman citizen." 27 The commander went to Paul and asked, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes, I am," he answered.
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