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Acts 22:1
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"(a)Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you."
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Acts 22:2
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And when they heard that he was addressing them in the [a](b)Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he *said,
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Acts 22:3
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"(c)I am (d)a Jew, born in (e)Tarsus of (f)Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated [b]under (g)Gamaliel, [c](h)strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as (i)you all are today.
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Acts 22:4
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(j)I persecuted this (k)Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons,
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Acts 22:5
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as also (l)the high priest and all (m)the Council of the elders [d]can testify. From them I also (n)received letters to (o)the brethren, and started off for (p)Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem [e]as prisoners to be punished.
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Acts 22:6
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"(q)But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me,
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Acts 22:7
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and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'
Acts 22:8
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And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, ‘I am (r)Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.'
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Acts 22:9
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And those who were with me (s)saw the light, to be sure, but (t)did not [f]understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.
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Acts 22:10
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And I said, ‘(u)What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.'
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Acts 22:11
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But since I (v)could not see because of the [g]brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus.
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Acts 22:12
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"A certain (w)Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and (x)well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
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Acts 22:13
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came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘(y)Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And [h](z)at that very time I looked up at him.
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Acts 22:14
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And he said, ‘(aa)The God of our fathers has (ab)appointed you to know His will and to (ac)see the (ad)Righteous One and to hear an [i]utterance from His mouth.
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Acts 22:15
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For you will be (ae)a witness for Him to all men of (af)what you have seen and heard.
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Acts 22:16
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Now why do you delay? (ag)Get up and be baptized, and (ah)wash away your sins, (ai)calling on His name.'
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Acts 22:17
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"It happened when I (aj)returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I (ak)fell into a trance,
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Acts 22:18
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and I saw Him saying to me, ‘(al)Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.'
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Acts 22:19
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And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves understand that in one synagogue after another (am)I used to imprison and (an)beat those who believed in You.
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Acts 22:20
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And (ao)when the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.'
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Acts 22:21
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And He said to me, ‘Go! For I will send you far away (ap)to the Gentiles.' "
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Acts 22:22
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They listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, "(aq)Away with such a fellow from the earth, for (ar)he should not be allowed to live!"
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Acts 22:23
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And as they were crying out and (as)throwing off their cloaks and (at)tossing dust into the air,
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Acts 22:24
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the [j]commander ordered him to be brought into (au)the barracks, stating that he should be (av)examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way.
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Acts 22:25
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But when they stretched him out [k]with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it [l]lawful for you to scourge (aw)a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?"
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Acts 22:26
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When the centurion heard this, he went to the [m]commander and told him, saying, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman."
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Acts 22:27
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The [n]commander came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?" And he said, "Yes."
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Acts 22:28
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The [o]commander answered, "I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money." And Paul said, "But I was actually born a citizen."
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Acts 22:29
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Therefore those who were about to (ax)examine him immediately [p]let go of him; and the [q]commander also (ay)was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had [r](az)put him in chains.
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Acts 22:30
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But on the next day, (ba)wishing to know for certain why he had been accused by the Jews, he (bb)released him and ordered the chief priests and all (bc)the [s]Council to assemble, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
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