And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
and asked of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any who were of this Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from heaven.
And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
And he said, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the goads."
And he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" And the Lord said unto him, "Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man.
And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he could see no man; but they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
And he was three days without sight, and neither did he eat nor drink.
And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Behold, I am here, Lord."
And the Lord said unto him, "Arise and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for the one called Saul of Tarsus; for behold, he prayeth
and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight."
Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many of this man, and how much evil he hath done to Thy saints in Jerusalem.
And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Thy name."
But the Lord said unto him, "Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
For I will show him what great things he must suffer for My name's sake."
And Ananias went his way and entered into the house, and putting his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus who appeared unto thee on the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost."
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received sight forthwith, and arose and was baptized.
And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples who were at Damascus.
And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
But all that heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this he that destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither with the intent that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?"
But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that Jesus is the very Christ.
And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him.
But their lying in wait became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall in a basket.
And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join himself to the disciples, but they were all afraid of him and believed not that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord on the way and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
And he was with them, coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Grecians, but they went about to slay him.
And when the brethren heard of this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him forth to Tarsus.
Then the churches throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had rest and were edified, and, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.