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

 
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1 Meanwhile 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 who belonged 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 was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around 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 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 He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "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 get up 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 because they heard the voice but saw no one. 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.
8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, 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 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 in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." He answered, "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 The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment 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 in a vision a man named Ananias 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 Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints 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 has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your 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 an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before 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 I myself 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 Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so 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 his sight was restored. 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 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was 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 immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, 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 All who heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing 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 Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was 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 some time 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 so that they might 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 through an opening in 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 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, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken 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 in Jerusalem, speaking 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 spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him. 29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the believers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea 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 Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. 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.