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1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter 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 desired from him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he should find any of this way, whether they were 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 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined around him a light from heaven: 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou 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 art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. [It is] hard for thee to kick against the goads. 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] to him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou 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 man. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: 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 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], 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, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth, 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 hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, 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 by many of this man, how much evil he hath 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 hath authority from the chief priests, to bind all that call on 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 vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and 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 great 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, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord ([even] Jesus that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy 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 there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and 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 And when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples who were at Damascus. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 And immediately he preached 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 But all that heard [him] were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed them who called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, 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 the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 But their laying in wait, was 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 by the wall 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 Saul had come to Jerusalem, he essayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not 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 he had seen the Lord in the way, 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 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 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 Grecians: but they went about to slay him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 [Which] when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified: and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, 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 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all [quarters], he came down also to the saints who dwelt at Lydda. 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Eneas, who had kept his bed eight years, and was sick with the palsy. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
34 And Peter said to him, Eneas, Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise, and make thy bed. And 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 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and 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 certain disciple named Tabitha, who by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms-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 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom, when they had washed, they laid in an upper chamber. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.
38 And as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent to him two men, desiring [him] that he would not delay to come 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 into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and 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 forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning to the body, 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 And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, 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 was 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 it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.