Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.
Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
"Who are You, Lord?" he said. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied.
"But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.
Then Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.
He was unable to see for three days, and did not eat or drink.