11NowaSaul, still2breathingbthreats and murderagainst the disciples of the Lord, went to the highpriest,
and asked for 3letters from him to 4the synagogues at 5Damascus, so that if he foundanybelonging to 6the Way, bothmen and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
As he was traveling, it happened that he was approachingDamascus, and 7suddenly a light from heavenflashedaround him;
and 8he fell to the ground and heard a voicesaying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"5
And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I amJesuswhom you are persecuting,6but get up and enter the city, and 9it will be told you what you mustdo."7
The men who traveled with him 10stoodspeechless, 11hearing the cvoice but seeingnoone.
8Saulgot up from the ground, and 12though his eyes were open, he dcould seenothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into 13Damascus.
And he was threedayswithoutsight, and neitheratenordrank.
10Now there was a disciple at 14Damascusnamed15Ananias; and the Lordsaid to him in 16a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."
And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the streetcalledStraight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from 17TarsusnamedSaul, for he is praying,12and he has seenein a vision a mannamedAnaniascome in and 18lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."13
But Ananiasanswered, "Lord, I have heard from manyaboutthisman, 19howmuchharm he did to 20Your fsaints at Jerusalem;
and here he 21hasauthority from the chiefpriests to bindall who 22call on Your name."
But the Lordsaid to him, "Go, for 23he is a chosenginstrument of Mine, to bear My namebefore24the Gentiles and 25kings and the sons of Israel;16for 26I will show him howmuch he mustsuffer for My name'ssake."