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How it happened

    Acts 9: 1.  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
    disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
    2.  And 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
    3.  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round
    about him a light from heaven:
    4.  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why
    persecutest thou me?
    5.  And 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 pricks.
    6.  And 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.
    7.  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but  
    seeing no man.
    8.  And 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 Damascus.
    9.  And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

    Acts 22: 4-10    And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into
    prisons both men and women.
    5.  As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from
    whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them
    which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
    6.  And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus
    about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
    7.  And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why
    persecutest thou me?
    8.  And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of  
    Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
    9.  And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard
    not the voice of him that spake to me.
    10.  And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into
    Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to

  a. Blinded for 3 Days

      Acts 9:8-12   And 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 Damascus.
      9.  And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
      10.  And 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.
      11.  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight,
      and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he
      12.  And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand
      on him, that he might receive his sight.

    b.  Is healed and baptized

      Acts 9:17-18   And 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.
      18.  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received
      sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    c.  Begins to preach Jesus

      Acts 9:19   And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
      certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
      20.  And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
      21.  But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them
      which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might
      bring them bound unto the chief priests?

    d.  The Jews plot to kill him and his escape

      Acts 9:23   And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
      24.  But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and
      night to kill him.
      25.  Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

    e.  At first, Christians were afraid of him

      Acts 9: 26-27   And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to
      the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
      27.  But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them
      how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had
      preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.