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1 But 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 him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, 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 Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 And 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 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 but rise and enter 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 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so 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 for three days he was 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 disciple at Damascus named Anani'as. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Anani'as." 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 And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; 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 he has seen a man named Anani'as come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain 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 But Anani'as answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to thy saints at 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 upon thy 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 instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons 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 much he must suffer for the sake of my name." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 So Anani'as departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me that you may regain 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 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. Then he rose 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 took food and was strengthened. For several days he was 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 And in the synagogues immediately he proclaimed Jesus, saying, "He is the Son of God." 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 And all who heard him were amazed, and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name? And he has come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before 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 lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was 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 When many days had passed, 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. They were watching 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 but his disciples took him by night and let him down over 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 And 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. 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 declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly 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 went in and out among them at Jerusalem, 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists; but they were seeking to kill him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 And when the brethren knew it, they brought him down to Caesare'a, and sent him off to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Sama'ria had peace and was built up; and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit it was 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 as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda.
33 There he found a man named Aene'as, who had been bedridden for 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, "Aene'as, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. 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 residents of 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 Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 In those days she fell sick and died; and 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 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us 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. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas 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 outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." 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 And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling 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 in the Lord. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.