The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus1 named Saul, for he is praying.
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on2 him to restore his sight."
"Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints3 in Jerusalem.4
And he has come here with authority from the chief priests5 to arrest all who call on your name."6
But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument7 to carry my name before the Gentiles8 and their kings9 and before the people of Israel.
I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."10
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on11 Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."12
Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,13
and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples14 in Damascus.15
At once he began to preach in the synagogues16 that Jesus is the Son of God.17
All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?18 And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"19
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