12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose,to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.17 I will[a]deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles,to whom I[b]now send you,18 to open their eyes, in orderto turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God,that they may receive forgiveness of sins andan inheritance among those who aresanctified[c]by faith in Me.’
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