Then he said: a. He’s an insect! No one wanted to miss a word of this. After I was back in Jerusalem and praying one day in the Temple, lost in the presence of God, I saw him, saw God’s Righteous Innocent, and heard him say to me, ‘Hurry up! They all know how obsessed I was with hunting out those who believed in you, beating them up in the meeting places and throwing them in jail. And when your witness Stephen was murdered, I was right there, holding the coats of the murderers and cheering them on. 30 The commander wanted to find out exactly why Paul was being accused by the Jews. And I’ve always been passionately on God’s side, just as you are right now. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’, 19 “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison(AH) and beat(AI) those who believe in you. After I was back in Jerusalem and praying one day in the Temple, lost in the presence of God, I saw him, saw God’s Righteous Innocent, and heard him say to me, ‘Hurry up! They all know how obsessed I was with hunting out those who believed in you, beating them up in the meeting places and throwing them in jail. And when your witness Stephen was murdered, I was right there, holding the coats of the murderers and cheering them on. ‘Look up,’ he said. 2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic,(B) they became very quiet. I heard a voice: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?’. 2-3 He continued, “I am a good Jew, born in Tarsus in the province of Cilicia, but educated here in Jerusalem under the exacting eye of Rabbi Gamaliel, thoroughly instructed in our religious traditions. This man is a Roman citizen!”, 27 The captain came back and took charge. Go. And when your witness Stephen was murdered, I was right there, holding the coats of the murderers and cheering them on. a. 2-3 He continued, “I am a good Jew, born in Tarsus in the province of Cilicia, but educated here in Jerusalem under the exacting eye of Rabbi Gamaliel, … I’m sending you on a long journey to outsider non-Jews.’”, 22-25 The people in the crowd had listened attentively up to this point, but now they broke loose, shouting out, “Kill him! 12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. 4 I persecuted(J) the followers of this Way(K) to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,(L) 5 as the high priest and all the Council(M) can themselves testify. “Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has handpicked you to be briefed on his plan of action. This man is a Roman citizen!”, The captain came back and took charge. And it put the fear of God into the captain. (AP) He directed(AQ) that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. “Do you realize what you’ve done? How much did it cost you?”, “Nothing,” said Paul. I studied under(F) Gamaliel(G) and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I heard a voice: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?’. When they heard him speaking Hebrew, they grew even quieter. And now they see me totally converted. By now the captain was thoroughly exasperated. And it put the fear of God into the captain. ‘Look up,’ he said. Then Paul said: 3 “I am a Jew,(C) born in Tarsus(D) of Cilicia,(E) but brought up in this city. 30 The next day, determined to get to the root of the trouble and know for sure what was behind the Jewish accusation, the captain released Paul and ordered a meeting of the high priests and the High Council to see what they could make of it. Get out of here as quickly as you can. (Act 22:22-23) The crowd riots in response to Paul's message. “It cost me nothing. 10-11 “Then I said, ‘What do I do now, Master?’. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen,(AT) in chains.(AU). By now the captain was thoroughly exasperated. 12-13 “And that’s when I met Ananias, a man with a sterling reputation in observing our laws—the Jewish community in Damascus is unanimous on that score. Acts 22 The Message (MSG) 22 1-2 “My dear brothers and fathers, listen carefully to what I have to say before you jump to conclusions about me.”. The next day, determined to get to the root of the trouble and know for sure what was behind the Jewish accusation, the captain released Paul and ordered a meeting of the high priests and the High Council to see what they could make of it. By now the captain was thoroughly exasperated. You are to be a key witness to everyone you meet of what you’ve seen and heard. 29 Those who were about to interrogate him(AS) withdrew immediately. 6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 9 My companions saw the light,(R) but they did not understand the voice(S) of him who was speaking to me. None of the Jews here in Jerusalem are going to accept what you say about me.’, 19-20 “At first I objected: ‘Who has better credentials? And I’ve always been passionately on God’s side, just as you are right now. He decided to interrogate Paul under torture in order to get to the bottom of this, to find out what he had done that provoked this outraged violence. 2 When they heard him speaking Hebrew, they grew even quieter. All rights reserved worldwide. I looked, and found myself looking right into his eyes—I could see again! “He said, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the One you’re hunting down.’ My companions saw the light, but they didn’t hear the conversation. You’ve actually seen the Righteous Innocent and heard him speak. He came and put his arm on my shoulder. Then I went off to our brothers in Damascus, armed with official documents authorizing me to hunt down the followers of Jesus there, arrest them, and bring them back to Jerusalem for sentencing. “As I arrived on the outskirts of Damascus about noon, a blinding light blazed out of the skies and I fell to the ground, dazed. You can ask the Chief Priest or anyone in the High Council to verify this; they all knew me well. I was free from the day of my birth.”. He decided to interrogate Paul under torture in order to get to the bottom of this, to find out what he had done that provoked this outraged violence. I looked, and found myself looking right into his eyes—I could see again! And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!" He’s an insect! 14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors(X) has chosen you to know his will and to see(Y) the Righteous One(Z) and to hear words from his mouth.