"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,10
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.14
I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'
" '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.'18
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My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.19
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"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.21
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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.
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You will be his witness25 to all men of what you have seen26 and heard.
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And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized27 and wash your sins away,28 calling on his name.'29
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