Acts 9 NIV

Saul's Conversion

9:1-19pp -- Ac 22:3-16; 26:9-18

1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples.1 He went to the high priest

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2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus,2 so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,3 whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

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3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.4

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4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice5 say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

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5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."6

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7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound7 but did not see anyone.8

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8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.9 So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

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    • 9 9:8 - ver 18
      9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
      10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,10 "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.

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      11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus11 named Saul, for he is praying.

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      12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on12 him to restore his sight."

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      13 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints13 in Jerusalem.14

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      14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests15 to arrest all who call on your name."16

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          15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument17 to carry my name before the Gentiles18 and their kings19 and before the people of Israel.

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          16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."20

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          17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on21 Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."22

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          18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,23

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          Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

          19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples24 in Damascus.25

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          20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues26 that Jesus is the Son of God.27

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          21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name?28 And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"29

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          22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.a30

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            • a 9:22 - Or "Messiah"
              23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,31

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              24 but Saul learned of their plan.32 Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.

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              25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.33

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              26 When he came to Jerusalem,34 he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.

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              27 But Barnabas35 took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him,36 and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.37

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                  28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
                  29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews,38 but they tried to kill him.39

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                  30 When the brothers40 learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea41 and sent him off to Tarsus.42

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                      31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria43 enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers,44 living in the fear of the Lord.

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                      Aeneas and Dorcas

                      32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints45 in Lydda.

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                        • 45 9:32 - S ver 13
                          33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
                          34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you.46 Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.

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                          35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon47 saw him and turned to the Lord.48

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                          36 In Joppa49 there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcasb ), who was always doing good50 and helping the poor.

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                            • b 9:36 - Both "Tabitha" (Aramaic) and "Dorcas" (Greek) mean "gazelle".
                              37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.51

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                              38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples52 heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!"

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                              39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows53 stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

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                              40 Peter sent them all out of the room;54 then he got down on his knees55 and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up."56 She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

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                              41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive.
                              42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.57

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                              43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.58

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