Acts 9:20-31 (New American Standard)

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20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus 1in the synagogues, asaying, "He is 2the Son of God." 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem 3destroyed those who 4called 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 bChrist. 23 When 5many days had elapsed, 6the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but 7their plot became known to Saul. 8They 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 9When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples ; cbut they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But 10Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had 11seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how 12at Damascus he had 13spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them, dmoving about freely in Jerusalem, 14speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he was talking and arguing with the e15Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30 But when 16the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to 17Caesarea and 18sent him away to 19Tarsus. 31 So 20the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria fenjoyed 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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