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!"
Then the police reported these words to the magistrates. And they were afraid when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.
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.
The commander replied, "I bought this citizenship for a large amount of money." "But I myself was born a citizen," Paul said.
Now I realized that he had not done anything deserving of death, but when he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.
I found out that the accusations were about disputed matters in their law, and that there was no charge that merited death or chains.
and when they had left they talked with each other and said, "This man is doing nothing that deserves death or chains."
who, after examining me, wanted to release me, since I had not committed a capital offense.
For he knew they had handed Him over because of envy.
Then he said, "Why? What has He done wrong?" But they kept shouting, "Crucify Him!" all the more.
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, "I am innocent of this man's blood. See to it yourselves!"
Instead, we have renounced shameful secret things, not walking in deceit or distorting God's message, but in God's sight we commend ourselves to every person's conscience by an open display of the truth.