but Saul learned of their plan.1 Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.
But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.2
When he came to Jerusalem,3 he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.
But Barnabas4 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,5 and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.6
So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews,7 but they tried to kill him.8
When the brothers9 learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea10 and sent him off to Tarsus.11
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria12 enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers,13 living in the fear of the Lord.
As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints14 in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
"Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you.15 Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.