The conversion of Saul
Appeared to by the Lord
, still breathing threatening and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
And asked for aletters
from him to Damascus for the bsynagogues
, so that if he found any who were of the 1cWay
, both men and women, he might bring them
bound to Jerusalem.
And as he went, he adrew
near to Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
And he fell on the ground and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting 1aMe
And he said, Who are You, 1Lord
? And He said,
I am Jesus, whom you persecute.
up and enter into the city, and it 1will
be told to you bwhat
you must do.
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, ahearing
the voice but seeing no one.
And Saul rose from the ground; and though his eyes were open, he could see 1nothing
. And they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
And he was three days without seeing, and he neither ate nor drank.
Confirmed through Ananias
And there was a certain disciple in Damascus named aAnanias
; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, bI am here,
And the Lord said
to him, aRise
up and 1go
to the lane called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas a man from bTarsus
named Saul; for behold, he is praying;
And he has seen in a avision
a man named Ananias coming in and blaying
his hands on him so that he may 1creceive
But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man, how many evil things he has done to Your asaints
And here he has aauthority
from the chief priests to bind all who 1bcall
upon Your name.
But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a 1chosen avessel
to Me, to bear My bname
before both the cGentiles
and the sons of Israel;
For I will show him how amany
things he must suffer on behalf of My name.
went away and entered into the house; and 1blaying
his hands on him, he said, Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me — Jesus, who appeared to you on the road on which you were coming — so that you may creceive
your sight and be 2filled
with the Holy Spirit.
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he 1received
his sight and rose up and was 2abaptized
And once he had taken food, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples in aDamascus
for some days.
Beginning to preach
And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the 1synagogues
, that this One is the aSon
And all who heard him
were amazed and said, Is this not the one who aravaged
those who bcall
upon this name in Jerusalem and came here for this, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests?
But Saul was all the more aempowered
, and he bconfounded
the Jews dwelling in Damascus by proving that this One is the cChrist
And as a considerable number of days were being fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to ado
away with him;
But their aplot
was made known to Saul. And they also bwatched
the gates closely, both day and night, so that they might cdo
away with him.
But his disciples took him
by night and alet
him down through the wall, blowering him
in a basket.
And when he arrived in aJerusalem
, he tried to join himself to the disciples; yet all feared him, not believing that he was a disciple.
took hold of him and bled him
to the apostles, and he related to them how Saul
the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken dboldly
in the name of Jesus.
And he was with them, agoing
in and going out in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
And he spoke and disputed with the aHellenists
, but they attempted to bdo
away with him.
But when the abrothers
they brought him down to bCaesarea
and sent him forth to cTarsus
The building up and multiplication of the church
So then the 1achurch
throughout the whole of bJudea
and Galilee and Samaria had 2peace
built up; and going on in the 4cfear
of the Lord and in the 5comfort
of the Holy Spirit, it was dmultiplied
The spreading of Peter's ministry
Now as Peter was passing through all those parts,
he came down also to the asaints
dwelling at 1Lydda
And he found there a certain man named Aeneas, who for eight years had been lying on a mat, for
he was aparalyzed
And Peter said to him, Aeneas, aJesus
Christ heals you. bRise
up and 1make
up your own bed. And immediately he rose up.
And all those dwelling in Lydda and aSharon
saw him; and they bturned
to the Lord.
Now in aJoppa
there was a certain disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is 1Dorcas
); this woman was full of bgood
works and alms which she did.
And in those days she became ill and died; and they bathed 1her
body and laid it
in an aupper
Now because Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was 1there
, and they sent two men to him, entreating him,
Do not delay to come through to us.
And Peter rose up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him up into the upper room. And all the awidows
stood by him, weeping and showing him 1tunics
and garments, all of which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
And Peter put them
; and bkneeling
down, he cprayed
; and he turned to the body and said, Tabitha, drise
up. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
And giving her his
hand, he raised her up. And when he had called the saints and the widows, he apresented
And it became known throughout all of Joppa and many abelieved
on the Lord.
And he remained a considerable number of days in Joppa with a certain Simon, a atanner