The Conversion of Saul1But Saul, astill bbreathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to cthe high priest 2and asked him for letters dto the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to ethe Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 fNow as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting gme?” 5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, hwhom you are persecuting. 6But irise and enter the city, and you will be told jwhat you are to do.” 7 kThe men who were traveling with him stood speechless, lhearing the voice but seeing no one. 8Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, mhe saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named nAnanias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, o“Here I am, Lord.” 11And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man pof Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and qlay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, rhow much evil he has done to syour tsaints at Jerusalem. 14And here he has authority from uthe chief priests to bind all who vcall on your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for whe is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name xbefore the Gentiles and ykings and the children of Israel. 16For zI will show him how much aahe must suffer abfor the sake of my name.” 17So acAnanias departed and entered the house. And adlaying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and aebe filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and afhe regained his sight. Then aghe rose and was baptized; 19and ahtaking food, he was strengthened.
Saul Proclaims Jesus in SynagoguesFor aisome days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, aj“He is the Son of God.” 21And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who akmade havoc alin Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22But Saul amincreased all the more in strength, and anconfounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving aothat Jesus was the Christ.
Saul Escapes from Damascus23 apWhen many days had passed, the Jews ▼
▼The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that timeplotted to kill him, 24but their arplot became known to Saul. asThey were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25but his disciples took him by night and atlet him down through an opening in the wall ▼
▼Greek through the walllowering him in a basket.
Saul in Jerusalem26And avwhen he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27But awBarnabas took him and axbrought him to the apostles and declared to them ayhow on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and azhow at Damascus he had bapreached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28So he went bbin and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29And he spoke and disputed against bcthe Hellenists. ▼
▼That is, Greek-speaking JewsBut bethey were seeking to kill him. 30And when bfthe brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off bgto Tarsus.
31So bhthe church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And biwalking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, bjit multiplied.
The Healing of Aeneas32Now bkas Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, blJesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 bmAnd all the residents of Lydda and bnSharon saw him, and bothey turned to the Lord.
Dorcas Restored to Life36Now there was in bpJoppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. ▼
▼The Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas both mean gazelleShe was full of brgood works and acts of charity. 37In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in bsan upper room. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, bt“Please come to us without delay.” 39So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to buthe upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics ▼
▼Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skinand other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40But Peter bwput them all outside, and bxknelt down and prayed; and turning to the body byhe said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42And it became known throughout all Joppa, and bzmany believed in the Lord. 43And he stayed in Joppa for many days cawith one Simon, a tanner.
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