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Acts 22:1-8 (New American Standard)

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Paul's Defense before the Jews

1 "1Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you." 2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the a2Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said, 3 "3I am 4a Jew, born in 5Tarsus of 6Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated bunder 7Gamaliel, c8strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as 9you all are today. 4 "10I persecuted this 11Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, 5 as also 12the high priest and all 13the Council of the elders dcan testify. From them I also 14received letters to 15the brethren, and started off for 16Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem eas prisoners to be punished. 6 "17But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, 7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' 8 "And I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am 18Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.'
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