The Conversion of Saul

(A)Now [a]Saul, still (B)breathing [b]threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for (C)letters from him to (D)the synagogues at (E)Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to (F)the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and (G)suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and (H)he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and (I)it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him (J)stood speechless, (K)hearing the [c]voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and (L)though his eyes were open, he [d]could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into (M)Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a disciple at (N)Damascus named (O)Ananias; and the Lord said to him in (P)a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from (Q)Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen [e]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and (R)lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, (S)how much harm he did to (T)Your [f]saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he (U)has authority from the chief priests to bind all who (V)call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for (W)he is a chosen [g]instrument of Mine, to bear My name before (X)the Gentiles and (Y)kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for (Z)I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after (AA)laying his hands on him said, “(AB)Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be (AC)filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

Now (AD)for several days he was with (AE)the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus (AF)in the synagogues, [h]saying, “He is (AG)the Son of God.” 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem (AH)destroyed those who (AI)called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the [i]Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 9:1 Later called Paul
  2. Acts 9:1 Lit threat
  3. Acts 9:7 Or sound
  4. Acts 9:8 Lit was seeing
  5. Acts 9:12 A few early mss do not contain in a vision
  6. Acts 9:13 Or holy ones
  7. Acts 9:15 Or vessel
  8. Acts 9:20 Lit that
  9. Acts 9:22 I.e. Messiah

(A)I am (B)a Jew, born in (C)Tarsus of (D)Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated [a]under (E)Gamaliel, [b](F)strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as (G)you all are today. (H)I persecuted this (I)Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, as also (J)the high priest and all (K)the Council of the elders [c]can testify. From them I also (L)received letters to (M)the brethren, and started off for (N)Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem [d]as prisoners to be punished.

(O)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, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am (P)Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’ And those who were with me (Q)saw the light, to be sure, but (R)did not [e]understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. 10 And I said, ‘(S)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 (T)could not see because of the [f]brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me and came into Damascus.

12 “A certain (U)Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and (V)well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing near said to me, ‘(W)Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And [g](X)at that very time I looked up at him. 14 And he said, ‘(Y)The God of our fathers has (Z)appointed you to know His will and to (AA)see the (AB)Righteous One and to hear an [h]utterance from His mouth. 15 For you will be (AC)a witness for Him to all men of (AD)what you have seen and heard. 16 Now why do you delay? (AE)Get up and be baptized, and (AF)wash away your sins, (AG)calling on His name.’

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 22:3 Lit at the feet of
  2. Acts 22:3 Lit according to the strictness of the ancestral law
  3. Acts 22:5 Lit testifies for me
  4. Acts 22:5 Lit having been bound
  5. Acts 22:9 Or hear (with comprehension)
  6. Acts 22:11 Lit glory
  7. Acts 22:13 Or instantly; lit at the very hour
  8. Acts 22:14 Or message; lit voice

“So then, (A)I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to (B)the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And this is [a]just what I (C)did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the [b]saints in prisons, having (D)received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I (E)cast my vote against them. 11 And (F)as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being (G)furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them (H)even to [c]foreign cities.

12 [d]While so engaged (I)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, [e]brighter than the sun, shining all around me and those who were journeying with me. 14 And when we had (J)all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the [f](K)Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? [g]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 (L)stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to (M)appoint you a (N)minister and (O)a witness not only to the things which you have [h]seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17 (P)rescuing you (Q)from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to (R)open their eyes so that they may turn from (S)darkness to light and from the dominion of (T)Satan to God, that they may receive (U)forgiveness of sins and an (V)inheritance among those who have been sanctified by (W)faith in Me.’

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 26:10 Lit also
  2. Acts 26:10 Or holy ones
  3. Acts 26:11 Or outlying
  4. Acts 26:12 Lit In which things
  5. Acts 26:13 Lit above the brightness of
  6. Acts 26:14 I.e. Jewish Aramaic
  7. Acts 26:14 An idiom referring to an animal’s futile resistance to being prodded with goads
  8. Acts 26:16 Two early mss read seen Me

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