Acts 26:8-18 NIV

8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?1

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9 "I too was convinced2 that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose3 the name of Jesus of Nazareth.4

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10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints5 in prison,6 and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.7

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11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished,8 and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.

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12 "On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
13 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.
14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice9 saying to me in Aramaic,a10 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

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      15 "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' " 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied.
      16 'Now get up and stand on your feet.11 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.12

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      17 I will rescue you13 from your own people and from the Gentiles.14 I am sending you to them

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      18 to open their eyes15 and turn them from darkness to light,16 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins17 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'18

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