He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him.
"Then he said: 'The God of our fathers1 has chosen you to know his will and to see2 the Righteous One3 and to hear words from his mouth.
You will be his witness4 to all men of what you have seen5 and heard.
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized6 and wash your sins away,7 calling on his name.'817
"When I returned to Jerusalem9 and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance1018
and saw the Lord speaking. 'Quick!' he said to me. 'Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'19
" 'Lord,' I replied, 'these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison11 and beat12 those who believe in you.
And when the blood of your martyra Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'1321
"Then the Lord said to me, 'Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "14
The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, "Rid the earth of him!15 He's not fit to live!"1623
As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks17 and flinging dust into the air,18