Acts 9

But Saul, still breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, came to the high priest, and petitioned for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus; that, if he found any of that way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. And as he was proceedings on his journey, and was come near to Damascus, on a sudden, a light from heaven shone around him; and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute: but arise, and go into the city, and you shall be told what you must do. And the men who traveled with him, stood astonished; hearing, indeed, the voice, but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the earth; and, though his eyes were open, he saw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him to Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, whose name was Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias! And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus, whose name is Saul; for, behold, he is praying to me ; 12 and he has seen in a vision, a man whose name is Ananias, coming in and laying his hand upon him, that he might recover his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many concerning this man, how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name. 15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way; for this man is to me a chosen vessel, to bear my name before nations, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 for I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name. 17 Then Ananias went, and entered into the house; and laying his hands upon him, he said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared to you on the way, as you came, has sent me; that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales; and he recovered his sight, and arose, and was immersed: 19 and having received food, he was strengthened, and for several days remained with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God. 21 And all that heard him were astonished, and said, Is not this he who, in Jerusalem, spread desolation among them who called on his name; and came hither on purpose to carry such bound to the chief priests? 22 But Saul became stronger, and confounded the Jews that dwelt at Damascus, evincing that this is the Messiah.

23 And, after many days, the Jews conspired to kill him: 24 but their design was made known to Saul; and they watched the gates, day and night, to murder him. 25 But the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. 26 And when he was come to Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples; but they feared him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas, taking him, brought him to the Apostles, and related to 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. 28 And he was with them, coming in, and going out, at Jerusalem; and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus. 29 And he spoke, and disputed with the Hellenists; but they attempted to kill him: 30 and the brethren, being informed of it, conducted him to Cesarea, and sent him away to Tarsus. 31 Then the congregations though all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, being edified, had rest; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the admonition of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.

32 Now it came to pass, that Peter, making a tour through all the congregations , came also to the saints that dwelt at Lydda. 33 And he found there a certain man, whose name was Eneas, who has a palsy, and had kept his bed eight years. 34 And Peter said to him, Eneas, Jesus, the Messiah, heals you; arise, and make your bed. And he arose immediately. 35 And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 And there was at Joppa, a certain female disciple, named Tabitha, who, by interpretation, is called Dorcas; and she was full of good works, and alm-deeds, which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died. And when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38 And as Lydda was near to Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, entreating him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 And Peter arose, and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber; and all the widows stood by him weeping; and showing the coats and mantles, which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 And Peter putting them all out, kneeled down, and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise! And she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, sat up. 41 And giving her his hand, he raised her up; and having called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And this was known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he continued many days at Joppa, in the house of one Simon, a tanner.

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