Ac 22:3
22:3 {1} I am verily a man [which am] a Jew, born in Tarsus, [a
     city] in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the {a}
     feet of Gamaliel, [and] taught according to the perfect
     manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward
     God, as ye all are this day.

 (1) Paul, making a short declaration of his former life, proves
     both his calling and doctrine to be from God.
     (a) That is, his daily hearer: the reason of this speech is
         this: those who teach commonly sit in the higher place,
         speaking to their students who sit upon benches
         beneath, and therefore he says "at the feet of

Ac 22:20
22:20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also
      was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept
      the raiment of them that {b} slew him.

      (b) This is properly spoken, for Steven was murdered by a
          bunch of cutthroats, not by order of justice, but by
          open force: for at that time the Jews could not put
          any man to death by law.

Ac 22:22
22:22 {2} And they gave him audience unto this word, and [then]
      lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a
      [fellow] from the earth: for it is not fit that he should

 (2) Resolute and stubborn pride will neither embrace the truth
     itself, neither allow others to receive it.

Ac 22:23
22:23 And as they {c} cried out, and cast off [their] clothes,
      and threw dust into the air,

      (c) The description of a seditious tumult, and of a
          foolish and mad multitude.

Ac 22:24
22:24 {3} The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the
      castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging;
      that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.

 (3) The wisdom of the flesh does not consider what is just, but
     what is profitable, and in addition takes into account the
     profit that can be gained, according as it presently

Ac 22:25
22:25 {4} And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the
      centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a
      man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

 (4) There is no reason why we may not use those lawful means
     which God gives us in order to repel or prevent an injury.

Ac 22:29
22:29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have
      examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after
      he knew that he was {d} a Roman, and because he had bound

      (d) Not by nation, but by the law of his city of birth.

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