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And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful ° for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

22:25 a Roman. This was the second occasion on which the apostle used his rights under Roman citizenship (see on Acts 16:37-38) as a defense. He had already been beaten several times with rods, imprisoned, and persecuted in various ways. However, the Roman scourge, or flagellum, was almost certain to be permanently crippling or even fatal, so Paul reminded his captors of his rights.

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