Atos 22

1 Men brethren and fathers, hear you of me the to you now apology.

2 Hearing and that in the Hebrew dialect he was speaking to them, more they kept silence. And he said:

3 I indeed am a man a Jew, having been born in Tarsus of the Cilicia, having been brought up and in the city this, at the feet of Gamaliel having been taught with accuracy the ancestral law, a zealot being of the God, even as all you are to–day;

4 who this the way I persecuted till death, binding and delivering into prisons men both and women,

5 as also the high–priest testifies to me, and all the eldership; from whom also letters having received to the brethren, to Damascus I went, going to lead and those there being; having been bound into Jerusalem, that they might be punished.

6 It happened and to me traveling and drawing near to the Damascus, about noon suddenly out of the heaven to shine round a light great about me;

7 fell and on the ground, and heard a voice saying to me: Saul, Saul, why me persecutest thou?

8 I and answered: Who art thou, O sir? He said and to me: I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom thou persecutest.

9 Those and with me being the indeed light saw, and terrified they were, the but voice not they heard of the speaking to me.

10 I said and : What shall I do, O Lord? The and Lord said to me: Having arisen go thou into Damascus; and there to thee it shall be told concerning all things, which have been appointed for thee to do.

11 As and not I saw from the glory of the light of that, being led by the hand by those being with me, I came into Damascus.

12 Ananias and one, a man pious according to the law, being testified to by all the residing Jews,

13 having come to me and having stood said to me: Saul O brother, look up. And I in this the hour looked on him.

14 He and said: The God of the fathers of us destined thee to know the will of himself, and to see the righteous one, and to hear a voice out of the mouth of him;

15 because thou shalt be a witness for him to all men of what thou hast seen and thou hast heard.

16 And now why dost thou delay? having arisen be thou dipped, and wash thyself from the sins of thee, having invoked the name of him.

17 It happened and to me having returned to Jerusalem, and praying of me in the temple, to have been me in an ecstacy,

18 and to see him saying to me: Do thou hasten, and come out with speed from Jerusalem; because not they will receive of thee the testimony concerning me.

19 And I said: O Lord, they know, that I was imprisoning and beating in the synagogues those believing on thee;

20 and when was poured out the blood of Stephen the martyr of thee, and myself was having been standing, and approving, and keeping the mantles of those killing him.

21 And he said to me: Go thou; for I to nations at distance will send thee.

22 They heard and him till this the word, and they raised the voice of them, saying: Lift up from the earth the such a person; not for it is fit him to live.

23 Crying out and of them and tossing up the mantles, and dust throwing into the air,

24 ordered the commander to lead him into the castle, saying with scourges to examine him; that he might know, on account of what cause thus they were crying against him.

25 As and they stretched out him with the thongs, said to the standing by centurion the Paul: If a man a Roman and uncondemned it is lawful for you to scourge?

26 Having heard and the centurion, having gone to the commander reported, saying: what are thou about to do? the for man this a Roman is.

27 Having come to and the commander said to him: Tell me, thou a Roman art? He and said: Yes.

28 Answered and the commander: I of a great sum of money the citizenship this purchased. The and Paul said: I but even have been born.

29 Immediately then went away from him those being about him to examine. And the commander also was afraid, having ascertained that a Roman he is, and that he was him having been bound.

30 On the and morrow wishing to know the certainty, that was he was accused of by the Jews, he loosed him, and ordered to come together the high–priests and all the sanhedrim; and having led down the Paul, he stood among them.