1 Men and brethren and fathers, hear ye the defense which I now make unto you. 2 And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith, 3 I am †a Jew, born in Tarsus of :Cilicia, but brought up in this :city, at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strictness of the law of our fathers, being a zealot for :God, even as ye all are today: 4 and I persecuted this :Way unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5 As also the high priest witnesses and all the eldership: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and journeyed to Damascus to bring them also that were there to Jerusalem in bonds to be punished. 6 And it came to pass, as I made my journey, and drew nigh to Damascus, about noon, suddenly a great light shone from the heaven round about me. 7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus the Nazorean, whom thou persecutest. 9 And they that were with me beheld indeed the light, but heard not the voice of him that spake to me. 10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. 11 And when I could not look up for the glory of that :light, being led by the hand of those with me I came into Damascus. 12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well reported of by all the Jews that dwelt there, 13 came unto me, and standing by said to me, Brother Saul, look up. And I, in that very hour looked upon him. 14 And he said, The God of our :fathers hath appointed thee to know his :will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his :mouth. 15 Because thou shalt be a witness for him unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And what shall thou do now? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy :sins, calling on his :name. 17 And it came to pass, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance, 18 and saw him saying unto me, Hasten, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem; because they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, Lord, THEY know that I was imprisoning and beating in every synagogue them that believed on thee: 20 and when the blood of Stephen thy :witness was shed, I myself was also standing by, and consenting, and keeping the garments of them that slew him. 21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto nations. 22 And they gave him audience unto this :word; and they lifted up their :voice, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for he is not fit to live. 23 And as they cried out, and threw off their garments, and cast dust into the air, 24 the colonel commanded him to be brought into the castle, bidding that he should be examined by scourging, that he might know for what cause they so shouted against him. 25 And when they had tied him up with the thongs, :Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Whether it is lawful for you to scourge a Roman [man], and uncondemned? 26 And when the centurion heard it, he went to the colonel and told him, saying, What art thou about to do? for this :man is a Roman. 27 And the colonel came and said to him, Tell me, art THOU a Roman? And he said, Yea. 28 And the colonel answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship. And :Paul said, But I am even Roman born. 29 They then that were about to examine him straightway departed from him: and the colonel also was afraid when he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him, and commanded the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin to come together, and brought :Paul down and set him before them.