Acts 9:1-30 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord's followers, 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 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them -- both men and women -- back to Jerusalem in chains. 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 was nearing Damascus on this mission, a brilliant light from heaven suddenly beamed down upon him! 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 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 "Who are you, sir?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 5 "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.
6 Now get up and go into 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 with Saul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone's 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 As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. 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 So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days. And all that time he went without food and water. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied. 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, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now. 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 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can 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 Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard about the terrible things this man has done to the believers 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 we hear that he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest every believer in Damascus." 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, "Go and do what I say. For Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as 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 And I will show him how much he must suffer for me." 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may get your sight back 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 something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he 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 Afterward he ate some food and was strengthened. Saul stayed with the believers 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 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is indeed the Son of God!" 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
21 All who heard him were amazed. "Isn't this the same man who persecuted Jesus' followers with such devastation in Jerusalem?" they asked. "And we understand that he came here to arrest them and take them in chains 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 Saul's preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn't refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.
23 After a while the Jewish leaders decided to kill him. 23 After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him,
24 But Saul was told about their plot, and that they were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could 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 So during the night, some of the other believers let him down in a large 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 arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They thought he was only pretending to be a believer! 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 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus. Barnabas also told them what the Lord had said to Saul and how he boldly 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 Then the apostles accepted Saul, and after that he was constantly with them 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 debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they plotted to murder him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the believers heard about it, however, they took him to Caesarea and sent him on to his hometown of Tarsus. 30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.