17. “When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance 18. and saw him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ 19. And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 20. And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21. And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ” 22. Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.” 23. And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24. the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. 25. But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” 26. When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.” 27. So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.” 28. The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.” 29. So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him. 30. But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them.
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