Acts 9:1-19

Saul’s Conversion

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 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 neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
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 must do.”
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, 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 blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
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 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 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.
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 Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.
16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
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 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,
and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

19 Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Acts 9:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
ESV
1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
NLT
1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest.
MSG
1 All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master's disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest
CSB
1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

Acts 9:1-19 In-Context

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 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 neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
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 must do.”
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, 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 blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
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 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 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem.
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 Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.
16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
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 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. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
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 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him,

Cross References 25

  • 1. S Acts 8:3
  • 2. Isaiah 17:1; Jeremiah 49:23
  • 3. Acts 19:9,23; Acts 22:4; Acts 24:14,22
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 15:8
  • 5. Isaiah 6:8
  • 6. ver 16; Ezekiel 3:22
  • 7. John 12:29
  • 8. Daniel 10:7; Acts 22:9
  • 9. ver 18
  • 10. Ac 10:3,17,19; Acts 12:9; Acts 16:9,10; Acts 18:9
  • 11. ver 30; Acts 11:25; Acts 21:39; Acts 22:3
  • 12. S Mark 5:23
  • 13. ver 32; Acts 26:10; Romans 1:7; Romans 15:25,26,31; Romans 16:2,15; Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1
  • 14. S Acts 8:3
  • 15. ver 2,21
  • 16. S Acts 2:21
  • 17. Acts 13:2; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:12
  • 18. Romans 11:13; Romans 15:15,16; Galatians 1:16; Galatians 2:7,8; Ephesians 3:7,8
  • 19. Acts 25:22,23; Acts 26:1
  • 20. Acts 20:23; Acts 21:11; 2 Corinthians 6:4-10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-27; 2 Timothy 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:3,9
  • 21. S Acts 6:6
  • 22. S Luke 1:15
  • 23. S Acts 2:38
  • 24. S Acts 11:26
  • 25. Acts 26:20
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