Paul declares to the people the history of his conversion.
He escapes scourging by claiming the privilege of a Roman.
1 Men, *brethren, and fathers, hear ye the account which I now give you.
2 And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, they
kept the more silence.
3 And he saith: I am a Jew, born at Tarsus, in Cilicia, but brought up
in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous for the law, as also
all you are this day:
4 *And I persecuted this way unto death, binding and delivering into prisons
both men and women.
5 As the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the ancients: *from
whom also receiving letters to the brethren, I went to Damascus, to bring them bound from thence to Jerusalem, that they might
6 And it came to pass, as I was going and drawing nigh to Damascus, at
mid-day, that suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me:
7 And falling on the ground, I heard a voice saying to me: Saul, Saul,
why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered: Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me: I am Jesus of
Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me, saw indeed the light, but they heard not
the voice of him that spoke with me.
10 And I said: What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me: Arise, and
go to Damascus: and there it shall be told thee of all things thou must do.
11 And whereas I did not see for the brightness of that light, being led
by the hand by my companions, I came to Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a man according to the law, having a good character
from all the Jews dwelling there,
13 Coming to me, and standing by me, said to me: Brother Saul, receive
thy sight. And I the same hour looked upon him.
14 And he said: The God of our fathers hath preordained thee that thou
shouldst know his will, and see the Just One, and shouldst hear the voice from his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of those things which thou
hast seen and heard.
16 And now why delayest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy
sins, calling upon his name.
17 And it came to pass, when I was come again to Jerusalem, *and was praying
in the temple, that I was in a trance,
18 And saw him saying unto me: Make haste, and go quickly out of Jerusalem:
because they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said: Lord, they know *that I cast into prison, and beat in every
synagogue, them that believed in thee.
20 And when the blood of Stephen, thy witness, was shed, *I stood by and
consented, and kept the garments of them who killed him.
21 And he said to me: Go, for unto the Gentiles afar off will I send thee.
22 And they heard him until this word, and then lifted up their voice,
saying: Away with such a one from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.
23 And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into
24 The tribune *commanded him to be brought into the castle, and to be
scourged, and tortured: that he might know for what cause they cried out thus against him.
25 And when they had bound him with thongs, Paul saith to the centurion
standing by him: Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 Which the centurion hearing, went to the tribune, and told him, saying:
What art thou about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.
27 And the tribune coming, said to him: Tell me, art thou a Roman? But
he said: Yes.
28 And the tribune answered: I obtained the freedom of this city with a
great sum. And Paul said: But I was born so.
29 Immediately, therefore, they that were about to torture him, departed
from him. The tribune also was afraid after he understood that he was a Roman citizen, and because he had bound him.
30 But on the next day, wishing to know more diligently, for what cause
he was accused by the Jews, he loosed him, and commanded the priests to come together and all the council: and bringing forth
Paul, he set him before them.
1: about the year A.D. 58.
4: Acts viii. 3.
5: Acts ix. 2.
17: about the year A.D. 37.
19: Acts viii. 3.
20: Acts vii. 57.
24: i.e. Lysias.