Acts 22:6-21 - Paul Tells Of His Conversion On The Damascus Road

6 "But while I was on my way and approaching Damascus about noon, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?'

8 "I answered, "Who are you, Lord?' 9 "He told me, "I'm Jesus from Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' The men who were with me saw the light but didn't understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

10 "Then I asked, "What am I to do, Lord?'

11 "The Lord told me, "Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are destined to do.' Since I could not see because of the brightness of the light, the men who were with me took me by the hand and led me into Damascus. 12 "A certain Ananias, who was a devout man with respect to the Law and who was highly regarded by all the Jews living there, 13 came to me. He stood beside me and said, "Brother Saul, receive your sight!' At that moment I could see him. 14 "Then he said, "The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear his own voice, 15 because you will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 So now, what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away as you call on his name.'

17 "Then I returned to Jerusalem. While I was praying in the Temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord saying to me, "Hurry up and get out of Jerusalem at once, because the people won't accept your testimony about me.'

19 "I said, "Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I kept imprisoning and beating those who believe in you. 20 Even when the blood of your witness Stephen was being shed, I was standing there, approving it and guarding the coats of those who were killing him.'

21 "Then he told me, "Go, because I'll send you far away to the gentiles.'"


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