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 you must do.”7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the [a]voice but seeing no one.8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he [b]could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.
6 “But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me,7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’8 And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’9 And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not [a]understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.10 And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’11 But since I could not see because of the [b]brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus.
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.’
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