Acts 22:28
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English Standard Version
The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”

King James Bible
And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

American Standard Version
And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship. And Paul said, But I am a Roman born.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the tribune answered: I obtained the being free of this city with a great sum. And Paul said: But I was born so.

English Revised Version
And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this citizenship. And Paul said, But I am a Roman born.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the chief captain answered, With a great sum I obtained this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

Weymouth New Testament
"I paid a large sum for my citizenship," said the Tribune. "But I was born free," said Paul.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Sum (κεφαλαίου)

Lit., capital. The purchase of Roman citizenship was an investment. Under the first Roman emperors it was obtained only at large cost and with great difficulty; later, it was sold for a trifle.

I was free-born (ἐγὼ καὶ γεγέννημαι)

Lit., I am even so born, leaving the mind to supply free or a Roman. Better, as Rev., I am a Roman born.

Acts 22:28 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But. It is extremely probable that the inhabitants of Tarsus, born in that city, had the same rights and privileges as Roman citizens, in consequence of a grant or charter from Julius Caesar, from whom it was called Juliopolis. But if this were not the case, Paul's father, or some of his ancestors, might have been rewarded with the freedom of the city of Rome, for his fidelity and bravery in some military service, as Josephus says several of the Jews were; or his father might have obtained it by purchase, as in the instance of the chief captain.

Cross References
Acts 22:27
So the tribune came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes."

Acts 22:29
So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

Ephesians 2:12
remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:19
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

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