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6. And under this immoderate Zeal had I continued, in all likelihood, to this Day; but that God was pleased to convince me of the Error of it, by a glorious Manifestation of himself, and his Divine Will to me, as I was going to execute that bloody Commission.
6. And it came to pass, that as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, Why persecutest thou me?
7. The Light that then shined round us, was so bright and amazing, that out of Reverence and Astonishment at so true an Appearance of the Divine Majesty, We
that I was a Persecutor of his holy and true Religion.
* See Chap. ix. with which compare this whole Oration, and the Paraphrase, as also Chap. xxvi.
fight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
19 & 20.
17. And it came to pass, that when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
18. And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
but persecute and destroy me.
* Per. 14. And see the just One, and bear the Poice of bit Month. See the Note on Chap. ix. 7.
+ See Chap. ix. 17.
21. He told me, the jewish Prejudices were too deep, and their Malice too incurable, to be wrought upon even by this Argument, and therefore bad me
fay no more, but retire for a Time into some distant * Parts, and convert what I could of the Gentile Part of the World to his Religion.
24. Upon which the Roman Captain, concluding he must have
22. And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lift up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. 23. And as they cry'd out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
24. The chief captain commanded him to
* Ver. 21. Far hence onto the Gentiles, i. e. into Arabia: See Chap. ix. 23. and the Note there,
29. Then straightway they departed from him which should have exami. ned him: and the chief captain also
29. Upon this the Captain ordered him to be untied, and was under some Apprehension, even for binding a Free-man before his Condemnation.
was afraid, aster he knew that he was a Roman, and because
he had bound him.