As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.(A) He fell to the ground and heard a voice(B) say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”(C)

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound(D) but did not see anyone.(E) Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.(F) So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

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“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.(A) I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

“‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

‘I am Jesus of Nazareth,(B) whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light,(C) but they did not understand the voice(D) of him who was speaking to me.

10 “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.

‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’(E) 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.(F)

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