"A man named Ananias came to see me.1 He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.213
He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him.
"Then he said: 'The God of our fathers3 has chosen you to know his will and to see4 the Righteous One5 and to hear words from his mouth.
You will be his witness6 to all men of what you have seen7 and heard.
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized8 and wash your sins away,9 calling on his name.'1017
"When I returned to Jerusalem11 and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance1218
and saw the Lord speaking. 'Quick!' he said to me. 'Leave Jerusalem immediately, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'19
" 'Lord,' I replied, 'these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison13 and beat14 those who believe in you.
And when the blood of your martyra Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'1521
"Then the Lord said to me, 'Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.' "16