"I am a Jew,1 born in Tarsus2 of Cilicia,3 but brought up in this city. Under4 Gamaliel5 I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers6 and was just as zealous7 for God as any of you are today.
I persecuted8 the followers of this Way9 to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,105
as also the high priest and all the Council11 can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers12 in Damascus,13 and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
"About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.147
I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'8
" 'Who are you, Lord?' I asked. " 'I am Jesus of Nazareth,15 whom you are persecuting,' he replied.
My companions saw the light,16 but they did not understand the voice17 of him who was speaking to me.
" 'What shall I do, Lord?' I asked. " 'Get up,' the Lord said, 'and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'1811
My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.1912
"A man named Ananias came to see me.20 He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.2113
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 fathers22 has chosen you to know his will and to see23 the Righteous One24 and to hear words from his mouth.
You will be his witness25 to all men of what you have seen26 and heard.
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized27 and wash your sins away,28 calling on his name.'29