"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,a2'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'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.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.417I will rescue you5 from your own people and from the Gentiles.6 I am sending you to them18to 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