Acts 9:1-21 New American Standard Bible

The Conversion of Saul

9 1  Now Saul , still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord , went to the high priest , 2  and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus , so that if he found any belonging to the Way , both men and women , he might bring them bound to Jerusalem . 3  As he was traveling , it happened that he was approaching Damascus , and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4  and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul , Saul , why are you persecuting Me?" 5  And he said , "Who are You, Lord ?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting , 6  but get up and enter the city , and it will be told you what e you must do ." 7  The men who traveled with him stood speechless , hearing the voice but seeing no one . 8  Saul got up from the ground , and though his eyes were open , he could see nothing ; and leading him by the hand , they brought him into Damascus . 9  And he was three days without sight , and neither ate nor drank .

10  Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias ; and the Lord said to him in a vision , "Ananias ." And he said , "Here I am, Lord ." 11  And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight , and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul , for he is praying , 12  and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight ." 13  But Ananias answered , "Lord , I have heard from many about this man , how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem ; 14  and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name ." 15  But the Lord said to him, "Go , for he is a chosen instrument of Mine , to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel ; 16  for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake ." 17  So Ananias departed and entered the house , and after laying his hands on him said , " Brother Saul , the Lord Jesus , who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming , has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit ." 18  And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales , and he regained his sight , and he got up and was baptized ; 19  and he took food and was strengthened . Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus ,

Saul Preaches at Damascus

20  and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues , saying , "He is the Son of God ." 21  All those hearing him continued to be amazed , and were saying , "Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name , and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests ?"

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