1 “Men, brothers, and fathers, hear my defence before you now.”
2 And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Iḇri language, they kept greater silence. And he said:
3 “I am indeed Yahuḏi, having been born in Tarsos of Kilikia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamli’ĕl, having been instructed according to the exactness of the Torah of our fathers, being ardent for Elohim, as you all are today,
4 who persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering up into prisons both men and women,
5 as also the kohĕn ha’gadol bears me witness, and all the eldership, from whom I also received letters to the brothers, and went to Dammaseq to bring in chains even those who were there to Yerushalayim to be punished.
6 “And it came to be, as I was journeying and coming near Dammaseq, about noon, suddenly a great light shone around me out of the shamayim,
7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute Me?’
8 “And I answered, ‘Who are You, Aḏonai?’ And He said to me, ‘I am 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 of Natsareth, whom you persecute.’
9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear His voice speaking to me.
10 “And I said, ‘What shall I do, Aḏonai?’ And the Aḏon said to me, ‘Rise up, go into Dammaseq, and there you shall be told all that you have been appointed to do.’
11 “And as I could not see because of the esteem of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Dammaseq.
12 “And a certain Ḥananyah, a dedicated man according to the Torah, being well spoken of by all the Yahuḏim dwelling there,
13 came to me, and stood by and said to me, ‘Brother Sha’ul, look up.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him.
14 “And he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His desire, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice from His mouth.
15 ‘Because you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
16 ‘And now, why do you delay? Rise up, be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.’
17 “And it came to be, when I returned to Yerushalayim, and while I was praying in the Miqdash, I came to be in a trance,
18 and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Yerushalayim, speedily, because they shall not accept your witness concerning Me.’
19 “And I said, ‘Aḏonai, they know that in every congregation I was imprisoning and beating those who believe on You.
20 ‘And when the blood of Your witness Stephanos was shed, I also was standing by giving my approval to his death, and keeping the garments of those who were killing him.’
21 “And He said to me, ‘Go, because I shall send you far from here to the gentiles.’ ”
22 And they were listening to him until this word, and then they lifted up their voice, saying, “Away with such a one from the earth, for it is not fit that he should live!”
23 As they were shouting and tearing their garments, and throwing dust into the air,
24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined by flogging, in order to find out why they were shouting so against him.
25 And as they were stretching him out with straps, Sha’ul said to the captain who was standing by, “Is it permitted for you to whip a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?”
26 And when the captain heard, he went and reported to the commander, saying, “Watch what you are about to do, for this man is a Roman.”
27 And having come, the commander said to him, “Say to me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.”
28 And the commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Sha’ul said, “But I was even born so.”
29 Then at once those who were about to examine him withdrew from him. And the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30 And on the next day, intending to know for certain why he was accused by the Yahuḏim, he released him, and commanded the chief kohenim and all their council to come, and brought Sha’ul down and put him before them.