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Acts 22

CEB 1 "Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense." NIV 1 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” CEB 2 When they heard him address them in Aramaic, they became even more quiet. NIV 2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said: CEB 3 Paul continued, “I'm a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia but raised in this city. Under Gamaliel's instruction, I was trained in the strict interpretation of our ancestral Law. I am passionately loyal to God, just like you who are gathered here today. NIV 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. CEB 4 I harassed those who followed this Way to their death, arresting and delivering both men and women into prison. NIV 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, CEB 5 The high priest and the whole Jerusalem Council can testify about me. I received letters from them, addressed to our associates in Damascus, then went there to bring those who were arrested to Jerusalem so they could be punished. NIV 5 as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. CEB 6 “During that journey, about noon, as I approached Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven encircled me. NIV 6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. CEB 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice asking me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me?' NIV 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ CEB 8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?' ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are harassing,' he replied. NIV 8 “ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. CEB 9 My traveling companions saw the light, but they didn't hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. NIV 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. CEB 10 I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?' ‘Get up,' the Lord replied, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told everything you have been appointed to do.' NIV 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.’ CEB 11 I couldn't see because of the brightness of that light, so my companions led me by the hand into Damascus. NIV 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. CEB 12 “There was a certain man named Ananias. According to the standards of the Law, he was a pious man who enjoyed the respect of all the Jews living there. NIV 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. CEB 13 He came and stood beside me. ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!' he said. Instantly, I regained my sight and I could see him. NIV 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. CEB 14 He said, ‘The God of our ancestors has selected you to know his will, to see the righteous one, and to hear his voice. NIV 14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. CEB 15 You will be his witness to everyone concerning what you have seen and heard. NIV 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. CEB 16 What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins as you call on his name.' NIV 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ CEB 17 "When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I had a visionary experience. NIV 17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance CEB 18 I saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Hurry!' he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem at once because they won't accept your testimony about me.' NIV 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’ CEB 19 I responded, ‘Lord, these people know I used to go from one synagogue to the next, beating those who believe in you and throwing them into prison. NIV 19 “ ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. CEB 20 When Stephen your witness was being killed, I stood there giving my approval, even watching the clothes that belonged to those who were killing him.' NIV 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.’ CEB 21 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go! I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" NIV 21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” CEB 22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they shouted, "Away with this man! He's not fit to live!" NIV 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!” CEB 23 As they were screaming, throwing off their garments, and flinging dust into the air, NIV 23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, CEB 24 the commander directed that Paul be taken into the military headquarters. He ordered that Paul be questioned under the whip so that he could find out why they were shouting at him like this. NIV 24 the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. CEB 25 As they were stretching him out and tying him down with straps, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Can you legally whip a Roman citizen who hasn't been found guilty in court?" NIV 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?” CEB 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. He asked, "What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen!" NIV 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.” CEB 27 The commander went to Paul and demanded, "Tell me! Are you a Roman citizen?" He said, "Yes." NIV 27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered. CEB 28 The commander replied, "It cost me a lot of money to buy my citizenship." Paul said, "I'm a citizen by birth." NIV 28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. CEB 29 At once those who were about to examine him stepped away. The commander was alarmed when he realized he had bound a Roman citizen. NIV 29 Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains. CEB 30 The commander still wanted to know the truth about why Paul was being accused by the Jews. Therefore, the next day he ordered the chief priests and the entire Jerusalem Council to assemble. Then he took Paul out of prison and had him stand before them. NIV 30 The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. So the next day he released him and ordered the chief priests and all the members of the Sanhedrin to assemble. Then he brought Paul and had him stand before them.

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