Acts 9

The Conversion of Saul

1 a  Now
Later called Paul
Saul, still c  breathing
Lit threat
threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
2and 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. 3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and i  suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4and j  he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6but get up and enter the city, and k  it will be told you what you must do.” 7The men who traveled with him l  stood speechless m  hearing the
Or sound
voice but seeing no one.
8Saul got up from the ground, and o  though his eyes were open, he
Lit was seeing
could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into q  Damascus.
9And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10Now 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.” 11And 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, 12and he has seen
A few early mss do not contain in a vision
in a vision a man named Ananias come in and w  lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.”
13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man x  how much harm he did to y  Your
Or holy ones
saints at Jerusalem;
14and here he aa  has authority from the chief priests to bind all who ab  call on Your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, Go, for ac  he is a chosen
Or vessel
instrument of Mine, to bear My name before ae  the Gentiles and af  kings and the sons of Israel;
16for ag  I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17So 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.” 18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19and he took food and was strengthened.

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

Now ak  for several days he was with al  the disciples who were at Damascus,
20and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus am  in the synagogues
Lit that
saying, “He is ao  the Son of God.”
21All 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?” 22But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the
I.e. Messiah
Christ.

23When as  many days had elapsed at  the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24but 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; 25but 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 and
but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.
27But 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. 28And he was with them,
Lit going in and going out
moving about freely in Jerusalem, bd  speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.
29And 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.
30But when bg  the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to bh  Caesarea and bi  sent him away to bj  Tarsus.

31So bk  the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria
Lit was having
enjoyed 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 Ministry

32Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to bm  the
Or holy ones
saints who lived at
OT: Lod
,
bp  Lydda.
33There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” Immediately he got up. 35And all who lived at
OT: Lod
,
br  Lydda and bs  Sharon saw him, and they bt  turned to the Lord.

36Now in bu  Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called
I.e. Gazelle
Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.
37And it happened
Lit in those days
at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an bx  upper room.
38Since 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.” 39So 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 garments
tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
40But 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. 41And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling cg  the
Or holy ones
saints and ci  widows, he presented her alive.
42It became known all over cj  Joppa, and ck  many believed in the Lord. 43And Peter stayed many days in cl  Joppa with cm  a tanner named Simon.
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