Just as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” The tribune replied, “Do you know Greek? Then you are not the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?” Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city; I beg you, let me speak to the people.” When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the people for silence; and when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: “Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense that I now make before you.”
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Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Even though Paul has been brutalized he still tries to continue his work, his mission as he begs to speak to the people. What are you willing to endure to continue with the work that God has called you to do?