The Conversion of Saul1 a Now ▼
▼ Later called PaulSaul, still c breathing ▼
▼ Lit threatthreats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for e letters from him to f the synagogues at g Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to h the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and i suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and j he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and k it will be told you what you must do.” 7 The men who traveled with him l stood speechless m hearing the ▼
▼ Or soundvoice but seeing no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and o though his eyes were open, he ▼
▼ Lit was seeingcould see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into q Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at r Damascus named s Ananias; and the Lord said to him in t a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from u Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen ▼
▼ A few early mss do not contain in a visionin a vision a man named Ananias come in and w lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man x how much harm he did to y Your ▼ saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he aa has authority from the chief priests to bind all who ab call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for ac he is a chosen ▼
▼ Or vesselinstrument of Mine, to bear My name before ae the Gentiles and af kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for ag I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after ah laying his hands on him said ai “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be aj filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.
Saul Begins to Preach ChristNow ak for several days he was with al the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus am in the synagogues ▼
▼ Lit thatsaying, “He is ao the Son of God.” 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem ap destroyed those who aq called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the ▼
▼ I.e. MessiahChrist. 23 When as many days had elapsed at the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but au their plot became known to Saul. av They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. 26 aw When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; ▼
▼ Lit andbut they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But ay Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had az seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how ba at Damascus he had bb spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them, ▼
▼ Lit going in and going outmoving about freely in Jerusalem, bd speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he was talking and arguing with the ▼
▼ Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation, bf Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30 But when bg the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to bh Caesarea and bi sent him away to bj Tarsus. 31 So bk the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria ▼
▼ Lit was havingenjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
Peter’s Ministry32 Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to bm the ▼ saints who lived at ▼
▼ OT: Lod, bp Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” Immediately he got up. 35 And all who lived at ▼
▼ OT: Lod, br Lydda and bs Sharon saw him, and they bt turned to the Lord. 36 Now in bu Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called ▼
▼ I.e. GazelleDorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. 37 And it happened ▼
▼ Lit in those daysat that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an bx upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near by Joppa bz the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.” 39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the ca upper room; and all the cb widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the ▼
▼ Or inner garmentstunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. 40 But Peter cd sent them all out and ce knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said cf “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling cg the ▼ saints and ci widows, he presented her alive. 42 It became known all over cj Joppa, and ck many believed in the Lord. 43 And Peter stayed many days in cl Joppa with cm a tanner named Simon.
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