"About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.17
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,2 whom you are persecuting,' he replied.
My companions saw the light,3 but they did not understand the voice4 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.'511
My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.612
"A man named Ananias came to see me.7 He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.813
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 fathers9 has chosen you to know his will and to see10 the Righteous One11 and to hear words from his mouth.
You will be his witness12 to all men of what you have seen13 and heard.
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized14 and wash your sins away,15 calling on his name.'16