"It Is Hard For Thee To Kick Against The Pricks"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 131

Context: Saul (known as Paul after his conversion) is a devout Jew and an ardent leader in persecuting the Christians. After seeing the stoning of Stephen, Saul is still so wrought up about the Christians that he journeys to Damascus, carrying letters from the high priest authorizing him to seize any Christians he may find along the way and to bring them back to Jerusalem for trial. However, as he approaches Damascus, he is suddenly confronted with a bright light from heaven. Saul is overwhelmed:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
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.

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