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Acts 9:1–22

THE DAMASCUS ROAD

Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciplesd of the Lord. He went to the high prieste and requested lettersf from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way,g he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. Ash he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.

I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.i Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink.

SAUL’S BAPTISM

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias.”

“Here I am, Lord,” he replied.j

11 Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsusk named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a visionD he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”l

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.m 14 And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”n

15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is my chosen instrumento to take my name to Gentiles,p kings, and Israelites.q 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”r

17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”s

18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.t

SAUL PROCLAIMING THE MESSIAH

Saul was with the disciples in Damascus for some time. 20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”u

21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man in Jerusalem who was causing havoc for those who called on this name and came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?”v

22 But Saul grew stronger and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

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