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Acts 9:1-31 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto 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 of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto 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 round about 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 unto 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 pricks. 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 unto 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 which 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 did eat nor drink . 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 unto him, Arise , and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire 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 unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chosen vessel unto 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 shew 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 his way , and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said , Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest , hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight , and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 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 meat, he was strengthened . Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 And straightway 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 which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto 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 which 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 that 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 await was known of 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 was come to Jerusalem, he assayed 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 unto 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 spake 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 Caesarea, 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 Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified ; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, 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.