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The Damascus Road

1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

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      2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
      3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.
      4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
      5 "Who are You, Lord?" he said. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied.
      6 "But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
      7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.
      8 Then Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.
      9 He was unable to see for three days, and did not eat or drink.

      Saul's Baptism

      10 Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Here I am, Lord!" he said.

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          11 "Get up and go to the street called Straight," the Lord said to him, "to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there.
          12 In a vision a he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so he may regain his sight."

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            • a 9:12 - Other mss omit In a vision
              13 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
              14 And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name."
              15 But the Lord said to him, "Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the sons of Israel.
              16 I will certainly show him how much he must suffer for My name!"
              17 So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
              18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
              19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saulb was with the disciples in Damascus for some days.

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                  Saul Proclaiming the Messiah

                  20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: "He is the Son of God."

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                      21 But all who heard him were astounded and said, "Isn't this the man who, in Jerusalem, was destroying those who called on this name, and then came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?"
                      22 But Saul grew more capable, and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this One is the Messiah.c

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                          23 After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him,
                          24 but their plot became known to Saul. So they were watching the gates day and night intending to kill him,
                          25 but his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a large basketd through [an opening in] the wall.

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                            • d 9:25 - 2 Co 11:32-33

                              Saul in Jerusalem

                              26 When he arrived in Jerusalem,e he tried to associate with the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, since they did not believe he was a disciple.

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                                  27 Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles and explained to them how, on the road, Saulf had seen the Lord, and that He had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.

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                                      28 Saulg was coming and going with them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

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                                          29 He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,h but they attempted to kill him.

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                                            • h 9:29 - Lit Hellenists; that is, Gk-speaking Jews
                                              30 When the brothers found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
                                              31 So the church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace, being built up and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, and it increased in numbers.

                                              The Healing of Aeneas

                                              32 As Peter was traveling from place to place,i he also came down to the saintsj who lived in Lydda.

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                                                • i 9:32 - Lit Peter was passing through all
                                                • j 9:32 - The believers
                                                  33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.
                                                  34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your own bed,"k and immediately he got up.

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                                                    • k 9:34 - Or and get ready to eat
                                                      35 So all who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

                                                      Dorcas Restored to Life

                                                      36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas.l She was always doing good works and acts of charity.

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                                                        • l 9:36 - Dorcas Gazelle
                                                          37 In those days she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs.
                                                          38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him who begged him, "Don't delay in coming with us."
                                                          39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
                                                          40 Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
                                                          41 He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive.
                                                          42 This became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
                                                          43 And Peterm stayed on many days in Joppa with Simon, a leather tanner.n

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                                                            • m 9:43 - Lit he
                                                            • n 9:43 - Tanners were considered ritually unclean because of their occupation.