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.
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.
      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.’