Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king’s personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king’s country.
So on a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of The Lord struck him (Herod), because he did not give Glory to GOD. And he was eaten by worms and died.
“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard A Voice Saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He Said to me, ‘I Am JESUS of Nazareth, Whom you are persecuting.’
And those who were with me indeed saw The Light and were afraid, but they did not hear The Voice Of Him Who Spoke to me. So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And The Lord Said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which Are Appointed for you to do.’ And since I could not see for The Glory Of That Light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.
Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there, came to me; and he stood and said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that same hour I looked up at him.”
I am not ashamed of The Gospel Of Christ, for It is The Power Of GOD to Salvation for everyone who Believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in It The Righteousness Of GOD Is Revealed from Faith to Faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by Faith.”
For The Wrath Of GOD Is Revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress The Truth in unrighteousness, because What may be Known Of GOD Is Manifest in them, for GOD Has Shown It to them. For since The Creation of the world His Invisible Attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that Are Made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they Knew GOD, they did not Glorify Him as GOD, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed The Glory Of The Incorruptible GOD into an image made like corruptible man — and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. Therefore, GOD also Gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged The Truth Of GOD for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than The Creator, Who Is Blessed Forever. Amen.