And he has come to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who worship you."
The Lord said to him, "Go, because I have chosen him to serve me, to make my name known to Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel.
And I myself will show him all that he must suffer for my sake."
So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was, and placed his hands on him. "Brother Saul," he said, "the Lord has sent me - Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized; 1
and after he had eaten, his strength came back. Saul stayed for a few days with the believers in Damascus.
He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God.
All who heard him were amazed and asked, "Isn't he the one who in Jerusalem was killing those who worship that man Jesus? And didn't he come here for the very purpose of arresting those people and taking them back to the chief priests?"
But Saul's preaching became even more powerful, and his proofs that Jesus was the Messiah were so convincing that the Jews who lived in Damascus could not answer him.
After many days had gone by, the Jews met together and made plans to kill Saul, 2
but he was told of their plan. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him.