9 Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciplesd of the Lord. He went to the high prieste 2 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. 3 Ash he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.
“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.i 8 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.