"After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance
and saw Jesus a saying to me, "Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'
And I said, "Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you.
And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the coats of those who killed him.'
Then he said to me, "Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "
Up to this point they listened to him, but then they shouted, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live."
And while they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and tossing dust into the air,
the tribune directed that he was to be brought into the barracks, and ordered him to be examined by flogging, to find out the reason for this outcry against him.
But when they had tied him up with thongs, b Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who is uncondemned?"
When the centurion heard that, he went to the tribune and said to him, "What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen."
The tribune came and asked Paul, c "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes."
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