Bible: Acts 9:1-18

The Conversion of Saul

9:1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats 1  to murder 2  the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 9:2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues 3  in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, 4  either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners 5  to Jerusalem. 6  9:3 As he was going along, approaching 7  Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed 8  around him. 9:4 He 9  fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, 10  why are you persecuting me?” 11  9:5 So he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! 9:6 But stand up 12  and enter the city and you will be told 13  what you must do.” 9:7 (Now the men 14  who were traveling with him stood there speechless, 15  because they heard the voice but saw no one.) 16  9:8 So Saul got up from the ground, but although his eyes were open, 17  he could see nothing. 18  Leading him by the hand, his companions 19  brought him into Damascus. 9:9 For 20  three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything. 21 

9:10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The 22  Lord 23  said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, 24  Lord.” 9:11 Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ 25  and at Judashouse look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, 9:12 and he has seen in a vision 26  a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” 9:13 But Ananias replied, 27 Lord, I have heard from many people 28  about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, 9:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison 29  all who call on your name! 30  9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument 31  to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. 32  9:16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 33  9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed 34  his hands on Saul 35  and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, 36  has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 37  9:18 Immediately 38  something like scales 39  fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He 40  got up and was baptized,

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