as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. From them I also received letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I went there in order to bind those who were there and to bring them back to Jerusalem for punishment.
"While I was on my way and approaching Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me.
I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'
I answered, "Who are you, Lord?' Then he said to me, "I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.'
Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.
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