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1 In the meantime Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. He went to the High Priest 1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest
2 and asked for letters of introduction to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way of the Lord, he would be able to arrest them, both men and women, and bring them back to Jerusalem. 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
3 As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed around him. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?" 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5 "Who are you, Lord?" he asked. "I am Jesus, whom you persecute," the voice said. 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 "But get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you must do." 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7 The men who were traveling with Saul had stopped, not saying a word; they heard the voice but could not see anyone. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but could not see a thing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
9 For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink anything. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 There was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. He had a vision, in which the Lord said to him, "Ananias!" "Here I am, Lord," he answered. 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.
11 The Lord said to him, "Get ready and go to Straight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying, 11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he might see again." 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
13 Ananias answered, "Lord, many people have told me about this man and about all the terrible things he has done to your people in Jerusalem. 13 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.
14 And he has come to Damascus with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who worship you." 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."
15 The Lord said to him, "Go, because I have chosen him to serve me, to make my name known to Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel. 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.
16 And I myself will show him all that he must suffer for my sake." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was, and placed his hands on him. "Brother Saul," he said, "the Lord has sent me - Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
18 At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized; 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,
19 and after he had eaten, his strength came back. Saul stayed for a few days with the believers in Damascus. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 He went straight to the synagogues and began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 All who heard him were amazed and asked, "Isn't he the one who in Jerusalem was killing those who worship that man Jesus? And didn't he come here for the very purpose of arresting those people and taking them back to the chief priests?" 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?"
22 But Saul's preaching became even more powerful, and his proofs that Jesus was the Messiah were so convincing that the Jews who lived in Damascus could not answer him. 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 After many days had gone by, the Jews met together and made plans to kill Saul, 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 but he was told of their plan. Day and night they watched the city gates in order to kill him. 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.
25 But one night Saul's followers took him and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 Saul went to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples. But they would not believe that he was a disciple, and they were all afraid of him. 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.
27 Then Barnabas came to his help and took him to the apostles. He explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had spoken to him. He also told them how boldly Saul had preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 27 But Barnabas 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, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.
28 And so Saul stayed with them and went all over Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 He also talked and disputed with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to kill him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the believers found out about this, they took Saul to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 And so it was that the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace. Through the help of the Holy Spirit it was strengthened and grew in numbers, as it lived in reverence for the Lord. 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
32 Peter traveled everywhere, and on one occasion he went to visit God's people who lived in Lydda. 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda.
33 There he met a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had not been able to get out of bed for eight years. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ makes you well. Get up and make your bed." At once Aeneas got up. 34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
35 All the people living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
36 In Joppa there was a woman named Tabitha, who was a believer. (Her name in Greek is Dorcas, meaning "a deer.") She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 At that time she got sick and died. Her body was washed and laid in a room upstairs. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.
38 Joppa was not very far from Lydda, and when the believers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him with the message, "Please hurry and come to us." 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!"
39 So Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, he was taken to the room upstairs, where all the widows crowded around him, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats that Dorcas had made while she was alive. 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter put them all out of the room, and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
41 Peter reached over and helped her get up. Then he called all the believers, including the widows, and presented her alive to them. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive.
42 The news about this spread all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 Peter stayed on in Joppa for many days with a tanner of leather named Simon. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.