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Acts 9

ESV 1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, 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 ESV 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. MSG 2 and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem. ESV 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. MSG 3 He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. ESV 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" MSG 4 As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: "Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?" ESV 5 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. MSG 5 He said, "Who are you, Master?" "I am Jesus, the One you're hunting down. ESV 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." MSG 6 I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you'll be told what to do next." ESV 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. MSG 7 His companions stood there dumbstruck - they could hear the sound, but couldn't see anyone - ESV 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. MSG 8 while Saul, picking himself up off the ground, found himself stone blind. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. ESV 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. MSG 9 He continued blind for three days. He ate nothing, drank nothing. ESV 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." MSG 10 There was a disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision: "Ananias." "Yes, Master?" he answered. ESV 11 And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, MSG 11 "Get up and go over to Straight Avenue. Ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus. His name is Saul. He's there praying. ESV 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." MSG 12 He has just had a dream in which he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again." ESV 13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. MSG 13 Ananias protested, "Master, you can't be serious. Everybody's talking about this man and the terrible things he's been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! ESV 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." MSG 14 And now he's shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us." ESV 15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. MSG 15 But the Master said, "Don't argue. Go! I have picked him as my personal representative to Gentiles and kings and Jews. ESV 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name." MSG 16 And now I'm about to show him what he's in for - the hard suffering that goes with this job." ESV 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." MSG 17 So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, "Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." ESV 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; MSG 18 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul's eyes - he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, ESV 19 and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. MSG 19 and sat down with them to a hearty meal. ESV 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God." MSG 20 but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. ESV 21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, "Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?" MSG 21 They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, "Isn't this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn't he come here to do the same thing - arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?" ESV 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. MSG 22 But their suspicions didn't slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah. ESV 23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, MSG 23 After this had gone on quite a long time, some Jews conspired to kill him, ESV 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, MSG 24 but Saul got wind of it. They were watching the city gates around the clock so they could kill him. ESV 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. MSG 25 Then one night the disciples engineered his escape by lowering him over the wall in a basket. ESV 26 And 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. MSG 26 Back in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn't trust him one bit. ESV 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. MSG 27 Then Barnabas took him under his wing. He introduced him to the apostles and stood up for him, told them how Saul had seen and spoken to the Master on the Damascus Road and how in Damascus itself he had laid his life on the line with his bold preaching in Jesus' name. ESV 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. MSG 28 After that he was accepted as one of them, going in and out of Jerusalem with no questions asked, uninhibited as he preached in the Master's name. ESV 29 And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. MSG 29 But then he ran afoul of a group called Hellenists - he had been engaged in a running argument with them - who plotted his murder. ESV 30 And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. MSG 30 When his friends learned of the plot, they got him out of town, took him to Caesarea, and then shipped him off to Tarsus. ESV 31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. MSG 31 Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country - Judea, Samaria, Galilee - the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully. ESV 32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. MSG 32 Peter went off on a mission to visit all the churches. In the course of his travels he arrived in Lydda and met with the believers there. ESV 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. MSG 33 He came across a man - his name was Aeneas - who had been in bed eight years paralyzed. ESV 34 And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. MSG 34 Peter said, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" And he did it - jumped right out of bed. ESV 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. MSG 35 Everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him walking around and woke up to the fact that God was alive and active among them. ESV 36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. MSG 36 Down the road a way in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, "Gazelle" in our language. She was well-known for doing good and helping out. ESV 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. MSG 37 During the time Peter was in the area she became sick and died. Her friends prepared her body for burial and put her in a cool room. ESV 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, "Please come to us without delay." MSG 38 Some of the disciples had heard that Peter was visiting in nearby Lydda and sent two men to ask if he would be so kind as to come over. ESV 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. MSG 39 Peter got right up and went with them. They took him into the room where Tabitha's body was laid out. Her old friends, most of them widows, were in the room mourning. They showed Peter pieces of clothing the Gazelle had made while she was with them. ESV 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. MSG 40 Peter put the widows all out of the room. He knelt and prayed. Then he spoke directly to the body: "Tabitha, get up." ESV 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. MSG 41 He took her hand and helped her up. Then he called in the believers and widows, and presented her to them alive. ESV 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. MSG 42 When this became known all over Joppa, many put their trust in the Master. ESV 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. MSG 43 Peter stayed on a long time in Joppa as a guest of Simon the Tanner.

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