Acts 9

1Saul was still very angry with the Lord’s disciples. He said he would kill them. He went to the high priest. 2He asked him for letters to take to the meeting places at Damascus. In this way he was given the power to catch any men or women disciples. He could tie them and bring them back to Jerusalem. 3He went on his way. All at once, near the city of Damascus, a light from the sky shone around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard someone say, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you troubling me?’ 5Saul said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The Lord said, ‘I am Jesus. You are troubling me. 6But get up and go to the city. There you will be told what you must do.’ 7The men who had come with Saul stood there. They did not say a word. They heard a voice but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up off the ground. When he opened his eyes, he was blind. They took his hand and led him to Damascus. 9For three days he could not see, and he did not eat or drink.

10A disciple named Ananias lived in Damascus. The Lord came to him in a vision and said. ‘Ananias.’ He replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ 11The Lord said, ‘Go into the street which is called Straight. At the house of Judas, ask for a man named Saul, from the city of Tarsus. He is there, talking with God. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming to him. He has seen him put his hands on him so that he may see again.’ 13Then Ananias replied, ‘Lord, often I have heard of this man. He has brought much trouble to your people at Jerusalem. 14The chief priests have given him power in this city to put into prison all those who call on your name.’ 15The Lord said, ‘Go, I have chosen him to take my name to the people who are not Jews, to kings, and to the people of Israel also. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.’ 17Then Ananias went. He went into the house and put his hands on Saul. He said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus came to you on the road while you were coming here. He has sent me to you so that you may see again, and that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ 18At once some kind of skin which had covered Saul’s eyes came off. He was able to see again from then on. He got up and was baptised. 19And when he had eaten food, he was strong again. Saul stayed for some days with the disciples at Damascus. 20Right away he went to the Jewish meeting places and told the people that Jesus is the Son of God. 21All the people who heard him were surprised. They said, ‘This man killed the people who called on Jesus’ name in Jerusalem. He came here to catch them and tie them and take them to the chief priests!’ 22But Saul became stronger and stronger. He proved that Jesus is the Christ and made it so plain that the Jews at Damascus did not know what to say.

23Then some time after that, the leaders of the Jews planned to kill Saul. 24But he found out that they were waiting for him. The Jewish leaders watched the gates of the city night and day. They were waiting for a chance to kill him. 25Then one night the disciples put him in a basket and let him down outside the city wall. 26When Saul came to Jerusalem, he wanted to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe that he was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them, ‘Saul has seen the Lord on the road. The Lord has talked to him. After that he told God’s word in the name of Jesus, without fear at Damascus.’ 28So Saul stayed with the apostles and went around in Jerusalem. He told God’s word in the name of the Lord Jesus without fear. 29He talked to the Jews who spoke the Greek language. But they did not agree with Saul, and so they made plans to kill him. 30When the Christian brothers knew that, they took him to Caesarea. Then they sent him to Tarsus the city where he was born . 31After that, the churches in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria were not troubled any more and they believed more strongly. The people obeyed the Lord, and the Holy Spirit helped them to believe. And many more people joined them.

32While Peter was travelling through all the towns, he came to visit God’s people who lived in the city of Lydda. 33There he saw a man named Aeneas who was sick. He could not stand up. He had been on his bed for eight years. 34Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!’ The man got up at once. 35All the people who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

36In the city of Joppa there was a disciple. Her name was Tabitha. That means Dorcas or Gazelle. She did much good work and she gave many things to the poor people. 37She became sick and died. They bathed her body and put her in a room upstairs. 38Lydda was near Joppa. When the disciples heard that Peter was at Lydda, they sent two men and asked for him to come quickly. 39Peter got up and went with them. When he got there, they took him to the room upstairs. Women whose husbands were dead stood there crying. They showed Peter the clothes and coats that Dorcas had made for them while she was with them. 40Peter put them all out. He kneeled down and talked to God. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up. 41He took her hand and helped her get up. Then he called in God’s people and the women, and he gave her back to them alive. 42All over Joppa people heard about this. Many people believed on the Lord. 43Peter stayed in Joppa for many days. He was with a man named Simon, who made skins into leather.

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