Bible: Acts 22:3-16

22:3 I am a Jew, 1  born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up 2  in this city, educated with strictness 3  under 4  Gamaliel 5  according to the law of our ancestors, 6  and was 7  zealous 8  for God just as all of you are today. 22:4 I 9  persecuted this Way 10  even to the point of death, 11  tying up 12  both men and women and putting 13  them in prison, 22:5 as both the high priest and the whole council of elders 14  can testify about me. From them 15  I also received 16  letters to the brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way 17  to make arrests there and bring 18  the prisoners 19  to Jerusalem 20  to be punished. 22:6 As 21  I was en route and near Damascus, 22  about noon a very bright 23  light from heaven 24  suddenly flashed 25  around me. 22:7 Then I 26  fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 22:8 I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ 22:9 Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand 27  the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 22:10 So I asked, 28 What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me, ‘Get up 29  and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything 30  that you have been designated 31  to do.’ 22:11 Since I could not see because of 32  the brilliance 33  of that light, I came to Damascus led by the hand of 34  those who were with me. 22:12 A man named Ananias, 35  a devout man according to the law, 36  well spoken of by all the Jews who live there, 37  22:13 came 38  to me and stood beside me 39  and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight!’ 40  And at that very moment 41  I looked up and saw him. 42  22:14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors 43  has already chosen 44  you to know his will, to see 45  the Righteous One, 46  and to hear a command 47  from his mouth, 22:15 because you will be his witness 48  to all people 49  of what you have seen and heard. 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? 50  Get up, 51  be baptized, and have your sins washed away, 52  calling on his name.’ 53 
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