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Textus Receptus Bibles

English Majority Text Version 2009

New Testament

 

   

22:1"Men, brothers and fathers, hear my defense to you now."
22:2And hearing that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they granted [him ]more silence. And he said:
22:3"I am indeed a Jew, having been born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but having been brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, having been educated according to the exactness of the law of our forefathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today.
22:4I, who persecuted this Way to death, binding and handing over to prisons both men and women,
22:5as also the high priest testifies of me, along with the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brothers, and went to Damascus in order to bring those who were there, having been bound, to Jerusalem, that they might be punished.
22:6Now it happened, as I was going and approaching Damascus, about midday, suddenly from heaven a great light shone about me.
22:7And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'
22:8"So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.'
22:9"And those who were with me observed the light and became terrified, but they did not hear the voice of the [One] speaking to me.
22:10So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and it will be told to you about all the[ ]things which it has been appointed for you to do.'
22:11"And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, being led by the hand by those who were with me, I came into Damascus.
22:12And Ananias, a certain devout man according to the law, being testified of by all the Jews dwelling in Damascus,
22:13came to me and he stood and said to me, 'Brother Saul, see again.' And I, in that very hour, looked up at him.
22:14And he said, 'The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and hear the voice from His mouth.
22:15For you shall be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard.
22:16And now, what are you going to do? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'
22:17"And it happened to me, having returned to Jerusalem and praying in the temple, that I came to be in a trance,
22:18and saw Him saying to me, 'Hurry and go out quickly from Jerusalem, for they will not receive your witness about Me.'
22:19"And I said, 'Lord, they know that in every synagogue I was imprisoning and beating those believing on You.
22:20And when the blood of Your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by consenting to his murder, and guarding the clothes of those murdering him.'
22:21"Then He said to me, 'Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "
22:22Now they were listening to him until this statement, and they lifted their voice saying, "Take away such a [man] from the earth, for it is not fitting [for] him to live!"
22:23And as they were crying out and throwing off their clothes, and throwing dust in the air,
22:24the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said for him that he should be given a hearing with scourging, so that he might learn why they were crying thus against him.
22:25But as they were stretching him out with the thongs, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?"
22:26And the centurion, hearing this, going to the commander he reported, saying, "Watch what you are about to do, for this man is a Roman."
22:27Then the commander came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman?"He said, "Yes."
22:28And the commander answered, "I acquired this citizenship with much money."And Paul said, "But I was born [a citizen]."
22:29Then immediately those who were about to interrogate him withdrew from him; and even the commander was afraid, having learned he was a Roman, and that he had bound him.
22:30Now on the next day, desiring to know the truth [as to] why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from the bonds, and ordered the chief priests and their whole council to come, and brought Paul down and presented [him] to them.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version

PREFACE

Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries