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1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, 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 letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound 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 he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 Then he 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 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and 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 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought 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 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "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 So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, 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 coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
13 Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints 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 here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." 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 him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children 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 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight 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 there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose 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 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound 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 increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, 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 Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. 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 took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 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 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. 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 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda.
33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
34 And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed." Then he arose immediately. 34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and 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 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.
38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 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 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 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 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And 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 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her 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 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.