Paul's Confession and Conversion - Acts 22

Acts 22:1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence  which I make now unto you. 

Acts 22:2 (And when they  heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept  the more silence: and he saith,) 

Acts 22:3 I am verily a man  which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet  brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught  according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers,  and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 

Acts 22:4  And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and  delivering into prisons both men and women. 

Acts 22:5 As  also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate  of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the  brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were  there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. 

Acts 22:6 And  it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come  nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from  heaven a great light round about me. 

Acts 22:7 And I fell unto  the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul,  why persecutest thou me? 

Acts 22:8 And I answered, Who art  thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth,  whom thou persecutest. 

Acts 22:9 And they that were with me  saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the  voice of him that spake to me. 

Acts 22:10 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. 


Acts 22:11 And 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 Damascus.   

Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the  law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt  there, 

Acts 22:13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto  me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I  looked up upon him. 

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our  fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will,  and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his  mouth. 

Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men  of what thou hast seen and heard. 

Acts 22:16 And now why  tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy  sins, calling on the name of the Lord. 

Acts 22:17 And it came  to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even  while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 

Acts 22:18 And  saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly  out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony  concerning me. 

Acts 22:19 And I said, Lord, they know that I  imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed  on thee: 

Acts 22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen  was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his  death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. 

Acts 22:21  And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence  unto the Gentiles. 

Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience  unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said,  Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit  that he should live. 

Acts 22:23 And as they cried out, and cast  off their clothes, and threw dust into the air, 

Acts 22:24 The  chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle,  and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he  might know wherefore they cried so against him. 

Acts 22:25  And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the  centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a  man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? 

Acts 22:26 When the  centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain,  saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.  

Acts 22:27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him,  Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. 

Acts 22:28 And the  chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this  freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. 

Acts 22:29  Then straightway they departed from him which should  have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid,  after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had  bound him. 

Acts 22:30 On the morrow, because he would have  known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews,  he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief  priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul  down, and set him before them.  KJV