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1 In Jerusalem Saul was still threatening the followers of the Lord by saying he would kill them. So 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 him to write letters to the synagogues in the city of Damascus. Then if Saul found any followers of Christ's Way, men or women, he would arrest them 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 So Saul headed toward Damascus. As he came near the city, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 Saul fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?" 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
5 Saul said, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice answered, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 Get up now and go into the city. Someone there will tell you what you must do." 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7 The people traveling with Saul stood there but said nothing. They heard the voice, but they saw no one. 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 he could not see. So those with Saul took his 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 Saul could not see and did not eat or drink. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 There was a follower of Jesus in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision, "Ananias!" Ananias answered, "Here I am, Lord." 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 up and go to Straight Street. Find the house of Judas, and ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. He is there now, 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 Saul has seen a vision in which a man named Ananias comes to him and lays his hands on him. Then he is able to 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 But Ananias answered, "Lord, many people have told me about this man and the terrible things he did to your holy 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 Now he has come here to Damascus, and the leading priests have given him the power to arrest everyone who worships you." 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. He must tell about me to those who are not Jews, to 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 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 So Ananias went to the house of Judas. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus sent me. He is the one you saw on the road on your way here. He sent me so that you can 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 Immediately, something that looked like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again! Then Saul got 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 After he ate some food, his strength returned. Saul stayed with the followers of Jesus in Damascus for a few days. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 Soon he began to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "Jesus is the Son of God." 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 All the people who heard him were amazed. They said, "This is the man who was in Jerusalem trying to destroy those who trust in this name! He came here to arrest the followers of Jesus and take them back to the leading 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 grew more powerful. His proofs that Jesus is the Christ were so strong that the Jewish people in Damascus could not argue with 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, some Jewish people made plans to kill Saul. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 They were watching the city gates day and night, but Saul learned about their plan. 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him.
25 One night some followers of Saul helped him leave the city by lowering him in a basket through an opening in the city wall. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 When Saul went to Jerusalem, he tried to join the group of followers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he was really a follower. 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 But Barnabas accepted Saul and took him to the apostles. Barnabas explained to them that Saul had seen the Lord on the road and the Lord had spoken to Saul. Then he 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 the followers, going everywhere in 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 would often talk and argue with the Jewish people who spoke Greek, but they were trying to kill him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the followers learned about this, they took Saul to Caesarea and from there sent him to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 The church everywhere in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace and became stronger. Respecting the Lord by the way they lived, and being encouraged by the Holy Spirit, the group of believers continued to grow. 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 As Peter was traveling through all the area, he visited 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 leave his bed for the past eight years. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Stand up and make your bed." Aeneas stood up immediately. 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 on the Plain of Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
36 In the city of Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha (whose Greek name was Dorcas). She was always doing good deeds and kind acts. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 While Peter was in Lydda, Tabitha became sick and died. Her body was washed and put 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 Since Lydda is near Joppa and the followers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two messengers to Peter. They begged him, "Hurry, please 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, they took him to the upstairs room where all the widows stood around Peter, crying. They showed him the shirts and coats Tabitha had made when she was still 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 sent everyone out of the room and kneeled and prayed. Then he turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, stand 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 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called the saints and the widows into the room and showed them that Tabitha was alive. 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 People everywhere in Joppa learned about this, and many believed in the Lord. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with a man named Simon who was a tanner. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.