Parallel Bible results for Acts 21:37-40; Acts 22:1-29

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Acts 21:37-40

ESV 37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek? MSG 37 When they got to the barracks and were about to go in, Paul said to the captain, "Can I say something to you?" ESV 38 Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?" MSG 38 I thought you were the Egyptian who not long ago started a riot here, and then hid out in the desert with his four thousand thugs." ESV 39 Paul replied, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people." MSG 39 Paul said, "No, I'm a Jew, born in Tarsus. And I'm a citizen still of that influential city. I have a simple request: Let me speak to the crowd." ESV 40 And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: MSG 40 Standing on the barracks steps, Paul turned and held his arms up. A hush fell over the crowd as Paul began to speak. He spoke in Hebrew.

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Acts 22:1-29

ESV 1 "Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you." MSG 1 "My dear brothers and fathers, listen carefully to what I have to say before you jump to conclusions about me." ESV 2 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said: MSG 2 When they heard him speaking Hebrew, they grew even quieter. No one wanted to miss a word of this. ESV 3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. MSG 3 "I am a good Jew, born in Tarsus in the province of Cilicia, but educated here in Jerusalem under the exacting eye of Rabbi Gamaliel, thoroughly instructed in our religious traditions. And I've always been passionately on God's side, just as you are right now. ESV 4 I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, MSG 4 "I went after anyone connected with this 'Way,' went at them hammer and tongs, ready to kill for God. I rounded up men and women right and left and had them thrown in prison. ESV 5 as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished. MSG 5 You can ask the Chief Priest or anyone in the High Council to verify this; they all knew me well. Then I went off to our brothers in Damascus, armed with official documents authorizing me to hunt down the Christians there, arrest them, and bring them back to Jerusalem for sentencing. ESV 6 "As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. MSG 6 "As I arrived on the outskirts of Damascus about noon, a blinding light blazed out of the skies ESV 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' MSG 7 and I fell to the ground, dazed. I heard a voice: 'Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?' ESV 8 And I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' And he said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' MSG 8 "'Who are you, Master?' I asked. ESV 9 Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me. MSG 9 My companions saw the light, but they didn't hear the conversation. ESV 10 And I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.' MSG 10 "Then I said, 'What do I do now, Master?' ESV 11 And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus. MSG 11 And so we entered Damascus, but nothing like the entrance I had planned - I was blind as a bat and my companions had to lead me in by the hand. ESV 12 "And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, MSG 12 "And that's when I met Ananias, a man with a sterling reputation in observing our laws - the Jewish community in Damascus is unanimous on that score. ESV 13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. MSG 13 He came and put his arm on my shoulder. 'Look up,' he said. I looked, and found myself looking right into his eyes - I could see again! ESV 14 And he said, 'The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; MSG 14 "Then he said, 'The God of our ancestors has handpicked you to be briefed on his plan of action. You've actually seen the Righteous Innocent and heard him speak. ESV 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. MSG 15 You are to be a key witness to everyone you meet of what you've seen and heard. ESV 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.' MSG 16 So what are you waiting for? Get up and get yourself baptized, scrubbed clean of those sins and personally acquainted with God.' ESV 17 "When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance MSG 17 "Well, it happened just as Ananias said. After I was back in Jerusalem and praying one day in the Temple, lost in the presence of God, ESV 18 and saw him saying to me, 'Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.' MSG 18 I saw him, saw God's Righteous Innocent, and heard him say to me, 'Hurry up! Get out of here as quickly as you can. None of the Jews here in Jerusalem are going to accept what you say about me.' ESV 19 And I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. MSG 19 "At first I objected: 'Who has better credentials? They all know how obsessed I was with hunting out those who believed in you, beating them up in the meeting places and throwing them in jail. ESV 20 And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.' MSG 20 And when your witness Stephen was murdered, I was right there, holding the coats of the murderers and cheering them on. And now they see me totally converted. What better qualification could I have?' ESV 21 And he said to me, 'Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" MSG 21 "But he said, 'Don't argue. Go. I'm sending you on a long journey to outsider Gentiles.'" ESV 22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live." MSG 22 The people in the crowd had listened attentively up to this point, but now they broke loose, shouting out, "Kill him! He's an insect! Stomp on him!" ESV 23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, MSG 23 They shook their fists. They filled the air with curses. ESV 24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. MSG 24 That's when the captain intervened and ordered Paul taken into the barracks. By now the captain was thoroughly exasperated. He decided to interrogate Paul under torture in order to get to the bottom of this, to find out what he had done that provoked this outraged violence. ESV 25 But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?" MSG 25 As they spread-eagled him with thongs, getting him ready for the whip, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is this legal: torturing a Roman citizen without a fair trial?" ESV 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen." MSG 26 When the centurion heard that, he went directly to the captain. "Do you realize what you've done? This man is a Roman citizen!" ESV 27 So the tribune came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." MSG 27 The captain came back and took charge. "Is what I hear right? You're a Roman citizen?" Paul said, "I certainly am." ESV 28 The tribune answered, "I bought this citizenship for a large sum." Paul said, "But I am a citizen by birth." MSG 28 The captain was impressed. "I paid a huge sum for my citizenship. How much did it cost you?" "Nothing," said Paul. "It cost me nothing. I was free from the day of my birth." ESV 29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him. MSG 29 That put a stop to the interrogation. And it put the fear of God into the captain. He had put a Roman citizen in chains and come within a whisker of putting him under torture!

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