Paul’s Testimony

“As(A) I was traveling and approaching Damascus, about noon an intense light from heaven suddenly flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

“I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.’ Now those who were with me saw the light,[a] but they did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.(B)

10 “I said, ‘What should I do, Lord?’

“The Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything that you have been assigned to do.’

11 “Since I couldn’t see because of the brightness of the light,[b] I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and went into Damascus.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 22:9 Other mss add and were afraid
  2. 22:11 Lit the glory of that light

Paul’s Account of His Conversion and Commission

12 “I was traveling to Damascus under(A) these circumstances with authority and a commission from the chief priests. 13 King Agrippa, while on the road at midday, I saw a light from heaven brighter than the sun, shining around me and those traveling with me. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice speaking to me in Aramaic,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’(B)

15 “I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“And the Lord replied: ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. 16 But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.(C) 17 I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them(D) 18 to open their eyes(E) so that they may turn[b] from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’(F)

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Footnotes

  1. 26:14 Or Hebrew
  2. 26:18 Or to turn them

Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time,[a](A) he also appeared to me.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 15:8 Or one whose birth was unusual

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