12 “[a]While so engaged as I was journeying to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests,13 at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven, [b]brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me.14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the [c]Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? [d]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.16 But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have [e]seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;17 rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
19 “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,20 but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and alsoat Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and evento the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.21 For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death.22 So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;23 [f]that [g]the Christ was [h]to suffer, and[i]that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”
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