Acts: Chapter 22 (1534)

The Actes of the Apostles. The .xxij. Chapter.

  1. Ye men brethre and fathers heare myne answere which I make vnto you.
  2. Whe they hearde that he spake in ye Ebrue tonge to them they kept the moore silence. And he sayde:
  3. I am verely aman which am a Jewe borne in Tharsus a cite in Cicill: neverthelesse yet brought vp in this cite at ye fete of Gamaliel and informed diligently in the lawe of the fathers and was fervent mynded to Godwarde as ye all are this same daye
  4. and I persecuted this waye vnto the deeth byndynge and delyveringe into preson bothe men and wemen
  5. as the chefe prest doth beare me witnes and all the elders: of whom also I receaved letters vnto the brethren and wet to Damasco to bringe them which were there bounde vnto Jerusalem for to be punysshed.
  6. And it fortuned as I made my iorney and was come nye vnto Damasco aboute none yt sodenly ther shone fro heaven a greate lyght rounde aboute me
  7. and I fell vnto the erth and hearde a voyce sayinge vnto me: Saul Saul why persecutest thou me?
  8. And I answered: what arte thou Lorde? And he sayd vnto me: I am Jesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest.
  9. And they that were with me sawe verely a lyght and were a frayde: but they hearde not the voyce of him that spake with me.
  10. And I sayde: what shall I do Lorde? And the Lorde sayde vnto me: Aryse and goo into Damasco and there it shalbe tolde the of all thinges which are apoynted for the to do.
  11. And when I sawe nothynge for the brightnes of that light I was ledde by the honde of them that were with me and came into Damasco.
  12. And one Ananias a perfect man and as pertayninge to the lawe havinge good reporte of all the Jewes which there dwelt
  13. came vnto me and stode and sayd vnto me: Brother Saul loke vp. And that same houre I receaved my sight and sawe him.
  14. And he sayde the God of oure fathers hath ordeyned the before that thou shuldest knowe his will and shuldest se that which is rightfull and shuldest heare the voyce of his mouth:
  15. for thou shalt be his witnes vnto all men of tho thinges which thou thou hast sene and hearde.
  16. And now: why tariest thou? Aryse and be baptised and wesshe awaye thy synnes in callinge on ye name of ye Lorde.
  17. And it fortuned when I was come agayne to Jerusalem and prayde in the teple yt I was in a trauce
  18. and sawe him sayinge vnto me. Make haste and get the quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receave thy witnes yt thou bearest of me.
  19. And I sayde: Lorde they knowe that I presoned and bet in every synagoge them that beleved on the.
  20. And when the bloud of thy witnes Steven was sheed I also stode by and consented vnto his deeth and kept the rayment of them that slewe him.
  21. And he sayde vnto me: departe for I will sende the a farre hence vnto the Gentyls.
  22. They gave him audience vnto this worde and then lifte vp their voyces and sayde: a waye wt soche a felowe fro the erth: yt is pitie that he shuld live.
  23. And as they cryed and cast of their clothes and thrue dust into ye ayer
  24. ye captayne bade him to be brought into the castle and commaunded him to be scourged and to be examined that he myght knowe wherfore they cryed on him.
  25. And as they bounde him with thoges Paul sayde vnto the Centurion that stode by: Ys it laufull for you to scourge a man that is a Romain and vncondempned?
  26. When the Centurion hearde that he went and tolde the vpper captayne sayinge: What intendest thou to do? This man is a Romayne.
  27. Then the vpper captayne came and sayde to him: tell me art thou a Romayne? He sayde: Yee.
  28. And the captayne answered: with a greate some obtayned I this fredome. And Paul sayde: I was fre borne.
  29. Then strayght waye departed from him they which shuld have examyned him. And the hye captayne also was a frayde after he knewe that he was a Romayne: because he had bounde him.
  30. On the morowe because he wolde have knowen the certayntie wherfore he was accused of the Jewes he lowsed him from his bondes and commaunded the hye Prestes and all the counsell to come together and brought Paul and set him before them.
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