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Acts 9:1-31 (New American Standard)

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The Conversion of Saul

1 1Now aSaul, still 2breathing bthreats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for 3letters from him to 4the synagogues at 5Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to 6the 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 7suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and 8he 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 9it will be told you what you must do." 7 The men who traveled with him 10stood speechless, 11hearing the cvoice but seeing no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and 12though his eyes were open, he dcould see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into 13Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at 14Damascus named 15Ananias; and the Lord said to him in 16a 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 17Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12 and he has seen ein a vision a man named Ananias come in and 18lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight." 13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, 19how much harm he did to 20Your fsaints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he 21has authority from the chief priests to bind all who 22call on Your name." 15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for 23he is a chosen ginstrument of Mine, to bear My name before 24the Gentiles and 25kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for 26I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake." 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after 27laying his hands on him said, "28Brother 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 29filled 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;

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

19 and he took food and was strengthened.Now 30 for several days he was with 31 the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus 32in the synagogues, hsaying, "He is 33the Son of God." 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem 34destroyed those who 35called 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 iChrist. 23 When 36many days had elapsed, 37the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but 38their plot became known to Saul. 39They 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 40When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; jbut they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But 41Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had 42seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how 43at Damascus he had 44spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them, kmoving about freely in Jerusalem, 45speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he was talking and arguing with the l46Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30 But when 47the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to 48Caesarea and 49sent him away to 50Tarsus. 31 So 51the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria menjoyed 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.
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