9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.f He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus,g so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,h whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.i 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voicej say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”k
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the soundl but did not see anyone.m 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.n So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,o “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsusp named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands onq him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy peopler in Jerusalem.s 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priestst to arrest all who call on your name.”u
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrumentv to proclaim my name to the Gentilesw and their kingsx and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”y
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands onz Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”a 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,b 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul spent several days with the disciplesc in Damascus.d 20 At once he began to preach in the synagoguese that Jesus is the Son of God.f 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?g And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?”h