When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.
So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him.
When the believers a learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, b he came down also to the saints living in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!" And immediately he got up.
And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. c She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.
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