But when they stretched him out awith thongs, Paulsaid to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it blawful for you to scourge1a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?"
When the centurionheard this, he went to the ccommander and told him, saying, "What are you about to do? For thisman is a Roman."
The dcommandercame and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" And he said, "Yes."
The ecommanderanswered, "I acquiredthiscitizenship with a largesum of money." And Paulsaid, "But I was actuallyborn a citizen."
29Thereforethose who were about to 2examine him immediatelyfletgo of him; and the gcommanderalso3was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had h4put him in chains.
But on the nextday, 5wishing to know for certainwhy he had been accused by the Jews, he 6released him and ordered the chiefpriests and all7the iCouncil to assemble, and broughtPauldown and set him before them.