Paul and the Roman Tribune
Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, n "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For o he should not be allowed to live."
And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
the tribune ordered him to be brought into p the barracks, saying that he should be q examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.
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 r a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?"
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."
So the tribune came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes."
The tribune answered, "I bought this citizenship for a large sum." Paul said, "But I am a citizen by birth."
So those who were about s to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also t was afraid, u for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that v he had bound him.
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For the mob of the people followed, crying out, "Away with him!
And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.
Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks.
And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.
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.
But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.
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.
The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens.
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen.
Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done.