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

6 While I was still on my way, just as I was getting close to Damascus, about mid-day, suddenly there flashed from the heavens a great light all round me. 7 I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'

8 'Who are you, Lord?' I replied. Then the voice said 'I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.' 9 The men with me saw the light, but did not hear the speaker's voice.

10 Then I said 'What am I to do, Lord?' 'Get up and go into Damascus,' The Lord said to me, 'and there you shall be told all that you have been appointed to do.'

11 In consequence of that dazzling light I could not see, but my companions held me by the hand, till I reached Damascus. 12 There a man named Ananias, a strict observer of our Law, well spoken of by all the Jewish inhabitants, came to see me. 13 Standing close to me, he said 'Saul, my Brother, recover your sight.' And then and there I recovered my sight and looked up at him. 14 Then he said 'The God of our ancestors has appointed you to learn his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear words from his lips; 15 For you shall be a witness for him to all the world of what you have just seen and heard. 16 And now why wait any longer: Be baptized at once, wash away your sins, and invoke his Name.

17 After my return to Jerusalem, while I was praying one day in the Temple, I fell into a trance, 18 And saw Jesus saying to me 'Make haste and leave Jerusalem at once, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'

19 'Lord,' I answered, 'these people know that I used to imprison and scourge, in Synagogue after Synagogue, those who believed in you; 20 And, when the blood of your martyr, Stephen, was being shed, I was myself standing by, approving of his death, and took charge of the clothes of those who were murdering him.

21 But Jesus said to me 'Go; for I will send you to the Gentiles far away'."