and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus,1 so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,2 whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.3
He fell to the ground and heard a voice4 say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
"Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."5
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound6 but did not see anyone.7
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.8 So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,9 "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.
The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus10 named Saul, for he is praying.
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on11 him to restore his sight."