Acts 22:1-11 NIV

1 "Brothers and fathers,1 listen now to my defense."

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2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic,2 they became very quiet. Then Paul said:

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3 "I am a Jew,3 born in Tarsus4 of Cilicia,5 but brought up in this city. Under6 Gamaliel7 I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers8 and was just as zealous9 for God as any of you are today.

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4 I persecuted10 the followers of this Way11 to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,12

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      5 as also the high priest and all the Council13 can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers14 in Damascus,15 and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

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      6 "About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.16

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      7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'
      8 " 'Who are you, Lord?' I asked. " 'I am Jesus of Nazareth,17 whom you are persecuting,' he replied.

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      9 My companions saw the light,18 but they did not understand the voice19 of him who was speaking to me.

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      10 " 'What shall I do, Lord?' I asked. " 'Get up,' the Lord said, 'and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'20

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      11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.21

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