Acts 26:12-18

12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.
14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,[a] ‘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. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them
18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Acts 26:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
ESV
12 "In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
NLT
12 “One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests.
MSG
12 "One day on my way to Damascus, armed as always with papers from the high priests authorizing my action,
CSB
12 "Under these circumstances I was traveling to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief priests.

Acts 26:12-18 In-Context

10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s people in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.
11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.
12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.
13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.
14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,‘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. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them
18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.
20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Acts 9:7
  • 2. S John 5:2
  • 3. Ezekiel 2:1; Daniel 10:11
  • 4. Acts 22:14,15
  • 5. Jeremiah 1:8,19
  • 6. S Acts 9:15; S Acts 13:46
  • 7. Isaiah 35:5
  • 8. Psalms 18:28; Isaiah 42:7,16; Ephesians 5:8; Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 2:9
  • 9. Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38
  • 10. S Acts 20:21,32

Footnotes 1

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