"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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At this point Festus interrupted Paul's defense. "You are out of your mind,23 Paul!" he shouted. "Your great learning24 is driving you insane."
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"I am not insane, most excellent25 Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable.
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The king is familiar with these things,26 and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.
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King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."
Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?"27
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Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."28
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The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice29 and those sitting with them.
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They left the room, and while talking with one another, they said, "This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment."30
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Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free31 if he had not appealed to Caesar."32
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