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1 Now Saul, whose every breath was a threat of destruction for the disciples of the Lord, 1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest
2 went to the High Priest and begged from him letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, in order that if he found any believers there, either men or women, he might bring them in chains 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 But on the journey, as he was getting near Damascus, suddenly there flashed round him a light from Heaven; 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 and falling to the ground he heard a voice which said 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 "Who art thou, Lord?" he asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," was the reply. 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 "But rise and go to the city, and you will be told what you are to do. 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7 Meanwhile the men who travelled with Saul were standing dumb with amazement, hearing a sound, but seeing no one. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Then he rose from the ground, but when he had opened his eyes, he could not see, and they led him by the arm and brought him to 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 for two days he remained without sight, and did not eat or drink anything. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 Now in Damascus there was a disciple of the name of Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, saying, "Ananias!" "I am here, 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 "Rise," said the Lord, "and go to Straight Street, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man called Saul, from Tarsus, for he is actually 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 He has seen a man called Ananias come and lay his hands upon him so that he may recover 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 "Lord," answered Ananias, "I have heard about that man from many, and I have heard of the great mischief he has done to Thy 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 here he is authorized by the High Priests to arrest all who call upon Thy name." 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name."
15 "Go," replied the Lord; "he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name to the Gentiles and to kings and to the descendants 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 let him know the great sufferings which he must pass through for My sake." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 So Ananias went and entered the house; and, laying his two hands upon Saul, said, "Saul, brother, the Lord--even Jesus who appeared to you on your journey--has sent me, that you may recover 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 Instantly there dropped from his eyes what seemed to be scales, and he could see once more. Upon this he rose and received baptism; 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,
19 after which he took food and regained his strength. Then he remained some little time with the disciples in Damascus. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 And in the synagogues he began at once to proclaim Jesus as the Son of God; 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 and his hearers were all amazed, and began to ask one another, "Is not this the man who in Jerusalem tried to exterminate those who called upon that Name, and came here on purpose to carry them off in chains to the High 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 Saul, however, gained more and more influence, and as for the Jews living in Damascus, he bewildered them with his proofs that 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 At length the Jews plotted to kill Saul; 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 but information of their intention was given to him. They even watched the gates, day and night, in order to murder 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 his disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a hamper. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
26 So he came to Jerusalem and made several attempts to associate with the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, being in doubt as to whether he himself 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 Barnabas, however, came to his assistance. He brought Saul to the Apostles, and related to them how, on his journey, he had seen the Lord, and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had fearlessly taught 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 Henceforth Saul was one of them, going in and out of the city, 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 and speaking fearlessly in the name of the Lord. And he often talked with the Hellenists and had discussions with them. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 But they kept trying to take his life. On learning this, the brethren brought him down to Caesarea, and then sent him by sea to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 The Church, however, throughout the whole of Judaea, Galilee and Samaria, had peace and was spiritually built up; and grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord and receiving encouragement from the Holy Spirit. 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 Peter, as he went to town after town, came down also to God's people at Lud. 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda.
33 There he found a man of the name of Aeneas, who for eight years had kept his bed, through being paralysed. 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 cures you. Rise and make your own bed." He at once rose to his feet. 34 "Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
35 And all the people of Lud 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 Among the disciples at Jaffa was a woman called Tabitha, or, as the name may be translated, `Dorcas.' Her life was wholly devoted to the good and charitable actions which she was constantly doing. 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, as it happened, just at that time she was taken ill and died. After washing her body they laid it out 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 Lud, however, being near Jaffa, the disciples, who had heard that Peter was at Lud, sent two men to him with an urgent request that he would come across to them without delay. 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 rose and went with them. On his arrival they took him upstairs, and the widow women all came and stood by his side, weeping and showing him the underclothing and cloaks and garments of all kinds which Dorcas used to make while she was still 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 Peter, however, putting every one out of the room, knelt down and prayed, and then turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, rise." Dorcas at once opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, 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, giving her his hand, he raised her to her feet and, calling to him God's people and the widows, he gave her back to them 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 This incident became known throughout Jaffa, and many believed in the Lord; 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 and Peter remained for a considerable time at Jaffa, staying at the house of a man called Simon, a tanner. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.