"On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice1 saying to me in Aramaic,2 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
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"Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' " 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied.
'Now get up and stand on your feet.3 I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.4
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I will rescue you5 from your own people and from the Gentiles.6 I am sending you to them
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to open their eyes7 and turn them from darkness to light,8 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins9 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'10
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"So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient11 to the vision from heaven.
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First to those in Damascus,12 then to those in Jerusalem13 and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles14 also, I preached that they should repent15 and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.16
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That is why the Jews seized me17 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.18
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But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen19--
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that the Christ would suffer20 and, as the first to rise from the dead,21 would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles."22
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