and I saw Him saying to me, '1Makehaste, and get out of Jerusalemquickly, because they will not accept your testimonyabout Me.'19
"And I said, 'Lord, they themselvesunderstand that in one synagogueafteranother2I used to imprison and 3beatthose who believed in You.
'And 4when the blood of Your witnessStephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.'
"And He said to me, 'Go ! For I will send you faraway5to the Gentiles.'"
They listened to him up to thisstatement, and then they raised their voices and said, "6Away with such a fellow from the earth, for 7he should not be allowed to live !"
And as they were crying out and 8throwingoff their cloaks and 9tossingdust into the air,
the acommanderordered him to be brought into 10the barracks, stating that he should be 11examined by scourgingso that he might find out the reasonwhy they were shouting against him that way.
But when they stretched him out bwith thongs, Paulsaid to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it clawful for you to scourge12a man who is a Roman and uncondemned ?"
When the centurionheard this, he went to the dcommander and told him, saying, "What are you about to do ? For thisman is a Roman."
The ecommandercame and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman ?" And he said, "Yes."
The fcommanderanswered, "I acquiredthiscitizenship with a largesum of money." And Paulsaid, "But I was actuallyborn a citizen."