Acts 9

BLB(i) 1 Meanwhile, Saul still breathing out threats and murder toward the disciples of the Lord, having gone to the high priest, 2 requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any being of the way, both men and women, having bound them, he might bring them to Jerusalem. 3 Now in proceeding, it came to pass as he draws near to Damascus, suddenly also a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And having fallen on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise up and enter into the city, and it will be told you that which it behooves you to do.” 7 And the men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice indeed, but seeing no one. 8 And Saul rose up from the ground, but of his eyes having been opened, he could see nothing. And leading him by the hand, they brought him to Damascus. 9 And he was three days without seeing, and neither did he eat nor drink. 10 Now there was a certain disciple in Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” And he said, “Behold me, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Having risen up, go into the street called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas the one of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he saw in a vision a man named Ananias, having come and having put the hands on him, so that he might see again.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man, how many evils he did to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all those calling on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is My vessel of choice to carry My name before the Gentiles, and also kings, and the sons of Israel. 16 For I will show to him how much it behooves him to suffer for My name.” 17 And Ananias went away and entered into the house; and having laid the hands upon him, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, the One having appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me that you may see again and be filled of the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. And having risen up, he was baptized, 19 and having taken food, he was strengthened. And he was some days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 And immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21 And all those hearing were amazed and were saying, “Is this not the one having ravaged those in Jerusalem calling on this name? And he had come here for this, that he might bring them, having been bound, to the chief priests.” 22 But Saul was empowered all the more and kept confounding the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. 23 Now when many days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. And now they were closely watching the gates day and also night, so that they might kill him. 25 But having taken him by night, his disciples let him down through the wall, having lowered him in a basket. 26 And having arrived in Jerusalem, he was attempting to join the disciples, and all were afraid of him, not believing that he is a disciple. 27 But Barnabas having taken him, brought him to the apostles and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was coming in and going out with them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of Lord. 29 And he was speaking and was debating with the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. 30 But the brothers having known it, brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. 31 Then indeed the churches throughout all of Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being edified. And going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. 32 Now it came to pass that Peter, passing through all quarters, also went down to the saints inhabiting Lydda. 33 And he found there a certain man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed, lying on a bed for eight years. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise up and make the bed for yourself.” And immediately he rose up. 35 And all those inhabiting Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 36 Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which translated is called Dorcas. She was full of good works and of alms that she continually did. 37 But in those days it came to pass that, having become sick, she died. And having washed her, they put her in an upper room. 38 Now Lydda being near Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter is in it, sent two men to him, imploring, “Do not to delay coming to us.” 39 And Peter having risen up, went with them, who having arrived, brought him into the upper room. And all the widows stood by him, weeping and showing the tunics and garments that Dorcas had made, being with them. 40 And Peter having put all outside and having bowed the knees, prayed. And having turned to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise!” And she opened her eyes, and having seen Peter, she sat up. 41 And having given her his hand, he raised her up. And having called the saints and the widows, he presented her living. 42 And it became known throughout all of Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 43 And it came to pass, he stayed many days in Joppa with a certain Simon, a tanner.