Acts 22:1-21 NIV

1 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”

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2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said:

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3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.

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4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,

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      5 as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

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      6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.

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      7 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, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.

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      9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

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      10 “ ‘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.’

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      11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

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      12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.

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      13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
      14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.

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      15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.

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      16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

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      17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance

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      18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’
      19 “ ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you.

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          20 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.’

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            • ¡ 22:20 - Or "witness"
              21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’

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