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1 "Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense that I now make before you." 1 "Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense."
2 When they heard him addressing them in Hebrew, they became even more quiet. Then he said: 2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said:
3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today. 3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.
4 I persecuted this Way up to the point of death by binding both men and women and putting them in prison, 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,
5 as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. From them I also received letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I went there in order to bind those who were there and to bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment. 5 as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 "While I was on my way and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me. 6 "About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.
7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'
8 I answered, "Who are you, Lord?' Then he said to me, "I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.' 8 " 'Who are you, Lord?' I asked. " 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,' he replied.
9 Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
10 I asked, "What am I to do, Lord?' The Lord said to me, "Get up and go to Damascus; there you will be told everything that has been assigned to you to do.' 10 " 'What shall I do, Lord?' I asked. " 'Get up,' the Lord said, 'and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'
11 Since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, those who were with me took my hand and led me to Damascus. 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
12 "A certain Ananias, who was a devout man according to the law and well spoken of by all the Jews living there, 12 "A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.
13 came to me; and standing beside me, he said, "Brother Saul, regain your sight!' In that very hour I regained my sight and saw him. 13 He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him.
14 Then he said, "The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear his own voice; 14 "Then he said: 'The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.
15 for you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. 15 You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
16 And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.' 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'
17 "After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 17 "When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance
18 and saw Jesus saying to me, "Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.' 18 and saw the Lord speaking. 'Quick!' he said to me. 'Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'
19 And I said, "Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 19 " 'Lord,' I replied, 'these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you.
20 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.' 20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'
21 Then he said to me, "Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' " 21 "Then the Lord said to me, 'Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "
22 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." 22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, "Rid the earth of him! He's not fit to live!"
23 And while they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and tossing dust into the air, 23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
24 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. 24 the commander ordered Paul to be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and questioned in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this.
25 But when they had tied him up with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who is uncondemned?" 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?"
26 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." 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 tribune came and asked Paul, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." 27 The commander went to Paul and asked, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes, I am," he answered.
28 The tribune answered, "It cost me a large sum of money to get my citizenship." Paul said, "But I was born a citizen." 28 Then the commander said, "I had to pay a big price for my citizenship." "But I was born a citizen," Paul replied.
29 Immediately those who were about to examine him drew back from him; and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him. 29 Those who were about to question him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.
30 Since he wanted to find out what Paul was being accused of by the Jews, the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and the entire council to meet. He brought Paul down and had him stand before them. 30 The next day, since the commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.