Acts 22:28

“And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the chiefe captaine answered, With a great summe obteined I this freedome. And Paul said, But I was free borne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The commander answered, "I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money. And Paul said, "But I was actually born {a citizen.}""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship. And Paul said, But I am `a Roman' born.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the chief captain said, I got Roman rights for myself at a great price. And Paul said, But I had them by birth.
- Basic English Bible

And the chiliarch answered, *I*, for a great sum, bought this citizenship. And Paul said, But *I* was also [free] born.
- Darby Bible

And the chief captain answered, With a great sum I obtained this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
- Webster's Bible

I paid a large sum for my citizenship, said the Tribune. "But I was born free," said Paul.
- Weymouth Bible

The commanding officer answered, "I bought my citizenship for a great price." Paul said, "But I was born a Roman."
- World English Bible

And he seide, Yhe. And the tribune answeride, Y with myche summe gat this fredom. And Poul seide, And Y was borun a citeseyn of Rome.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the chief captain answered, `I, with a great sum, did obtain this citizenship;' but Paul said, `But I have been even born [so].'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 22:28


22:28 But I was free born - Not barely as being born at Tarsus; for this was not Roman colony. But probably either his father, or some of his ancestors, had been made free of Rome, for some military service. We learn hence, that we are under no obligation as Christians to give up our civil privileges (which we are to receive and prize as the gift of God) to every insolent invader. In a thousand circumstances, gratitude to God, and duty to men, will oblige us to insist upon them; and engage us to strive to transmit them improved, rather than impaired to posterity.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 22:28


Ac 22:28 With a great sum I obtained this freedom. The officer states that he had bought citizenship himself. He was not of Roman birth, an alien, but by a heavy bribe had obtained Roman rights. This was not uncommon in the corrupt period of Roman government that had come. But I was [free] born. His father before had been a Roman citizen. Whether he inherited it also, or had in some way secured the right, is unknown. If any wonder how a Jew could be a Roman, let them look around and see Jews, Germans, Irish, etc., who are American citizens.

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