1“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now make to you.” 2And when they heard him speak to them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet. And he said,
3“I am a Y’hudi, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, yet I was brought up in this city at the feet of Gamli’el, and trained perfectly according to the instruction of our fathers, and was zealous toward Elohim just as you are also. 4And I persecuted this religion to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5The Kohen HaGadol and all the elders can so testify about me, for it was from them that I received letters to go to the brethren at Damesek to bring those who were there bound to Yerushalayim to be punished. 6And it came to pass as I drew near to Damesek, at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone round about me. 7And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute me?’ 8And I answered, saying, ‘Who are you, My Adon?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Yeshua HaNatzri, whom you persecute.’ 9And the men who were with me saw the light, but they did not hear the voice that spoke to me. 10And I said, ‘What shall I do, My Adon?’ And Adoneinu said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damesek; and there it shall be told to you all things which are appointed for you to do.’ 11And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damesek. 12And a certain man, Khanan-Yah, righteous according to the Torah, as testified by all the Yehudim concerning him, 13came to me and said, ‘My brother Sha’ul, receive your sight.’ And instantly my eyes were opened and I looked upon him. 14And he said to me, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, and to see HaTzadik, and to hear the voice of His mouth. 15And you shall be a witness for Him before all men of all that you have seen and heard. 16And now why do you delay? Arise and be immersed and wash away your sins, and call on His Name.’ 17And it came to pass that when I returned here to Yerushalayim and was praying in the Heikhal, 18I saw a vision, saying to me, ‘Make haste and get quickly out of Yerushalayim; for they will not receive your testimony concerning me.’ 19And I said, ‘My Adon, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every Beit K’nesset those who believed in you; 20and when the blood of your witness Tzefan-Yah was shed, I also was standing by and was in accord with his slayers, and was in charge of the garments of them who stoned him.’ 21Then He said to me, ‘Depart; for I will send you afar to declare to the Goyim’.”
22They had given Pavlos audience up to this word, and then they lifted up their voices and cried out, “Away with such a fellow from the earth; for it is not right that he should live.” 23And as they cried out and cast off their robes and threw dust into the air, 24the chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and ordered that he should be examined by scourging, that he might know for what cause they cried so against him. 25And when they had bound him with ropes, Pavlos said to the centurion who stood over him, “Does the law permit for you to scourge a Roman citizen who is not condemned?” 26When the centurion heard that, he went to the chief captain and said, “Be careful what you do, for this man is a Roman citizen.” 27Then the captain came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” Pavlos said, “Yes.” 28And the captain answered, saying, “I obtained Roman citizenship with a great sum of money.” Pavlos answered, “But I was born to it.” 29Immediately, those who were ready to scourge him left him alone, and the captain was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman citizen, because he had bound him. 30The next day, because he desired to know the truthfulness of the charges which the Y’hudim had brought against Pavlos, he unbound him and commanded the chief Kohanim and all their council to appear before him, and he took Pavlos and brought him down and set him before them.
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