I will send thee forth far hence unto the Gentiles (Egw ei eqnh makran exapostelw se). Future active of the double (ex, out, apo, off or away) compound of exapostellw, common word in the Koin (cf. Luke 24:49 ). This is a repetition by Jesus of the call given in Damascus through Ananias ( Luke 9:15 ). Paul had up till now avoided the word Gentiles, but at last it had to come, "the fatal word" (Farrar).