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

  • Ray321
    Acts 22:10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. Paul now believed that Jesus of Nazareth is God. Paul got saved, that's why Jesus instructed him. Praise the Lord.
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 22:14 AND HE SAID THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS HATH CHOSEN THEE THAT THOU SHOULDEST KNOW HIS WILL AND SEE THAT JUST ONE AND SHOULDEST HEAR THE VOICE OF HIS MOUTH GALATIANS 1:11 BUT I CERTIFY BRETHREN THAT THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED OF ME IS NOT AFTER MAN --1:12--FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT BUT BY THE REVELATION OF --- JESUS CHRIST ---
  • Bruce
    thumper: And did he ever! He testified who he was,how he persecuted the believers.( Hitler of that day). How he meant The Savior on the road to Damascus. Oh to meet The Savior for a life change! A Great multitude which no man could number,of all nations and kindreds and people and Tongues, stood before The Throne and before the Lamb: Revelation 7:9. Celebration with no---------------------- end
  • Bible thumper
    Paul was a dark skinned Jew from the tribe of Benjamin...
    Acts 21:
    38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
    39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
  • Steve morrow
    bruce --- ACTS 22:14 AND HE SAID THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS HATH CHOSEN THEE THAT THOU SHOULDEST --KNOW HIS WILL-- AND SEE THAT JUST ONE AND SHOULDEST HEAR THE VOICE OF HIS MOUTH 22:15FOR THOU SHALT BE HIS WITNESS UNTO ALL MEN OF WHAT THOU HAST SEEN AND HEARD ROM 15:18 FOR I WILL NOT DARE TO SPEAK OF ANY OF THOSE THINGS WHICH CHRIST HATH NOT WROUGHT BY ME TO MAKE THE GENTILES OBEDIENT BY WORD AND DEED
  • Kevin
    Paul who was chosen of God to bring the gospel of salvation to the Gentiles was a ROMAN !

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