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.

Discussion for Acts 22

  • Kevin
    Paul who was chosen of God to bring the gospel of salvation to the Gentiles was a ROMAN !
  • Patricia Zahler for verse 21
    Years of teachin Sunday morning and afternoon and evening had me perplexed by seeming contradictions. At age 37 my spiritual eyes were opened when I put my life into God's Hands. The loudest verse was The Great Commission, Matthew 28 19 and 20. There is a comma after nations, teaching themvti observe all things whatsoever I have COMMANDED you." What were the all things. Then Paul's message became clear. And backed up by the fact the apostles had not left Jerusalem after 15 years because every Jew had to be saved BEFORE they could take the message to the nations. See Acts 28:24-29.
  • Anne
    Paul had great zeal in persecuting the Christians but God turned it around and he became a zealot for the teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Is 'nt God Awesome? He can do anything.
  • Lillie
    paul was a murderer of gods people, but on his way to damascus jesus caused blindness to come upon him and spoke to him out of the light from heaven to stop persecuteing him only then did he paul accept jesus christ after his sight returned. why is it that something bad have to happen to you before you believe in god, god is real and just and faithful we should always give praises to him and continue to spread his word to everyone we meet. all of our blessings comes from the lord which made heaven and earth. praise the lord god always amen.
  • Tommy
    Paul was holding their coats while the were killing Stephen.It means he gave aid to them and was just as guilty as they were. Have a blessed day. Acts ch 22 verse.
  • Prophet
    Paul is driven to do his job as a Roman he followed the Law to the letter. To even stand-by and participate in the stoning of Stephen the Apostle. He did not know The Christ-he ask; "Who are you, Lord?" This is the same question, we ask today. So in his infinite Wisdom The Christ chose Paul-knowing he would do all he was asked to do in His Name. When you hear His Voice; DO as Saul has show us; be driven to share the message of The Christ with all the spiritually 'blind and lost' of our generation.

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