Probably the apostle Luke writing (God speaking via
scripture...The Word) of the apostle Paul's dramatic conversion...Saul/Paul neither resisted or
said "yes" or "no";
Jesus simply converted him.
NIV Bible 1973-78: 1Meanwhile,
Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high
priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in
Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might
take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on
his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do
you persecute me?" 5"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
6"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get
up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." 7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound
but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when
he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink
anything. 10In Damascus
there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes,
Lord," he answered. 11The Lord told him, "Go to the house
of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and
place his hands on 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 saints in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with
authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your
15But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go!
This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and
before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much
he must suffer for my name." 17Then Ananias went to the
house and entered it. Placing his hands on 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." 18Immediately,
something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was
baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his
Wycliffe Bible of 1384: 1
But Saul, yit a blower of manassis and of betingis ayens the disciplis of the Lord,
2cam to the prince of preestis,
and axide of hym lettris in to Damask, to the synagogis; that if he fond ony men and wymmen of this
lijf, he schulde lede hem boundun to Jerusalem.
3And whanne he made his iourney,
it bifelde, that he cam nyy to Damask. And sudenli a liyt from heuene schoon aboute hym;
4and he fallide to the erthe, and
herde a vois seiynge to hym, Saul, Saul, what pursuest thou me?
5And he seide, Who art thou,
Lord? And he seide, Y am Jhesu of Nazareth, whom thou pursuest. It is hard to thee, to kike ayens
6And he tremblide, and wondride, and
seide, Lord, what wolt thou that Y do?
7And the Lord seide to hym, Rise
vp, and entre in to the citee, and it schal be seide to thee, what it bihoueth thee to do. And tho
men that wenten with hym, stoden astonyed; for thei herden a vois, but thei sien no man.
8And Saul roos fro the earth; and
whanne hise iyen weren opened, he say no thing. And thei drowen hym bi the hondis, and ledden hym
in to Damask.
9And he was thre daies not
seynge; `and he eete not, nether drank.
10And a disciple, Ananye bi name,
was at Damask. And the Lord seide to hym in `a visioun, Ananye. And he seide, Lo!
11Y, Lord. And the Lord seide to
hym, Rise thou, and go in to a streete that is clepid Rectus; and seke, in the hous of Judas, Saul
bi name of Tharse. For lo! he preieth; and he say a man,
12Ananye bi name, entringe and
leiynge on hym hoondis, that he resseyue siyt.
13And Ananye answerde, Lord, Y
haue herd of many of this man, how greete yuelis he dide to thi seyntis in Jerusalem;
14and this hath power of the
princis of preestis, to bynde alle men that clepen thi name to helpe.
15And the Lord seide to hym, Go
thou, for this is to me a vessel of chesing, that he bere my name bifore hethene men, and kingis,
and tofore the sones of Israel.
16For Y schal schewe to hym, how
grete thingis it bihoueth hym to suffre for my name.
17And Ananye wente, and entride
in to the hous; and leide on hym his hondis, and seide, Saul brothir, the Lord Jhesu sente me, that
apperide to thee in the weie, in which thou camest, that thou se, and be fulfillid with the Hooli
18And anoon as the scalis felden
fro hise iyen, he resseyuede siyt. And he roos, and was baptisid.
19And whanne he hadde takun mete,
he was coumfortid. And he was bi sum daies with the disciplis, that weren at
King James Bible of 1611: 1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2And desired of him letters to
Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he
might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3And as he journeyed, he came
near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and
heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5And he said, Who art thou, Lord?
And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
6And he trembling and astonished
said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city,
and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7And the men which journeyed with
him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8And Saul arose from the earth;
and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into
9And he was three days without
sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10And there was a certain
disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said,
Behold, I am here, Lord.
11And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one
called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12And hath seen in a vision a man
named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I
have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at
14And here he hath authority from the
chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15But the Lord said unto him, Go
thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel:
16For I will shew him how great
things he must suffer for my name's sake.
17And Ananias went his way, and
entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that
appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight,
and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18And immediately there fell from
his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
19And when he had received meat,
he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at
NAS Bible of 1960: 1Now
Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high
2and asked for letters from him
to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he
might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3As he was traveling, it happened
that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;
4and he fell to the ground and
heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
5And he said, "Who are You,
Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,
6but get up and enter the city,
and it will be told you what you must do."
7The men who traveled with him
stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.
8Saul got up from the
ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they
brought him into Damascus.
9And he was three days without
sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10Now there was a disciple at
Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am,
11And 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 Tarsus
named Saul, for he is praying,
12and he has seen in a vision a
man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."
13But Ananias answered, "Lord, I
have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did toYour saints at Jerusalem;
14and here he has authority from
the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."
15But the Lord said to him, "Go,
for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons
16for I will show him how much he
must suffer for My name's sake."
17So Ananias departed and entered
the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "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
filled with the Holy Spirit."
18And immediately there fell from
his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was
19and he took food and was
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(posted 3 January 2004)