Saul kept threatening to murder the Lord's disciples. He went to the chief priest
and asked him to write letters of authorization to the synagogue leaders in the city of Damascus. Saul wanted to arrest any man or woman who followed the way [of Christ] and imprison them in Jerusalem.
As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"
Saul asked, "Who are you, sir?" The person replied, "I'm Jesus, the one you're persecuting.
Get up! Go into the city, and you'll be told what you should do."
Meanwhile, the men traveling with him were speechless. They heard the voice but didn't see anyone.
Saul was helped up from the ground. When he opened his eyes, he was blind. So his companions led him into Damascus.
For three days he couldn't see and didn't eat or drink.
A disciple named Ananias lived in the city of Damascus. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" Ananias answered, "Yes, Lord."
The Lord told him, "Get up! Go to Judas' house on Straight Street, and ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. He's praying.
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias place his hands on him to restore his sight."
Ananias replied, "Lord, I've heard a lot of people tell about the many evil things this man has done to your people in Jerusalem.
Saul has come here to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to put anyone who calls on your name in prison."
The Lord told Ananias, "Go! I've chosen this man to bring my name to nations, to kings, and to the people of Israel.
I'll show him how much he has to suffer for the sake of my name."
Ananias left and entered Judas' house. After he placed his hands on Saul, Ananias said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way to Damascus, sent me to you. He wants you to see again and to be filled with the Holy Spirit."
Immediately, something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. Then Saul stood up and was baptized.
After he had something to eat, his strength came back to him. Saul was with the disciples in the city of Damascus for several days.
He immediately began to spread the word in their synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God.
Everyone who heard him was amazed. They asked, "Isn't this the man who destroyed those who worshiped the one named Jesus in Jerusalem? Didn't he come here to take these worshipers as prisoners to the chief priests [in Jerusalem]?"