Thematic Bible

Thematic Bible

But Paul said to them, “They beat us in public without a trial, although we are Roman citizens, and threw us in jail. And now are they going to smuggle us out secretly? Certainly not! On the contrary, let them come themselves and escort us out!”

who says to a king, “Worthless man!”
and to nobles, “Wicked men!”?

A large population is a king’s splendor,
but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.

A king favors a wise servant,
but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and stick a knife in your throat if you have a big appetite; don't desire his choice food, for that food is deceptive.

Therefore, since these things are undeniable, you must keep calm and not do anything rash. For you have brought these men here who are not temple robbers or blasphemers of our goddess. So if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a case against anyone, the courts are in session, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. read more.
But if you want something else, it must be decided in a legal assembly.

As they stretched him out for the lash, Paul said to the centurion standing by, "Is it legal for you to scourge a man who is a Roman citizen and is uncondemned?" When the centurion heard this, he went and reported to the commander, saying, "What are you going to do? For this man is a Roman citizen." The commander came and said to him, "Tell me-are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes," he said. read more.
The commander replied, "I bought this citizenship for a large amount of money." "But I myself was born a citizen," Paul said. Therefore, those who were about to examine him withdrew from him at once. The commander too was alarmed when he realized Paul was a Roman citizen and he had bound him.

and while I was doing this, some Jews from the province of Asia found me ritually purified in the temple, without a crowd and without any uproar. It is they who ought to be here before you to bring charges, if they have anything against me.

“Therefore,” he said, “let the men of authority among you go down with me and accuse him, if there is any wrong in this man.”

But Paul said: “I am standing at Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as even you can see very well.

I answered them that it’s not the Romans’ custom to give any man up before the accused confronts the accusers face to face and has an opportunity to give a defense concerning the charges.

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who has not set his mind on what is false,
and who has not sworn deceitfully.