Atos 9

1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

4 And he fell to the ground and 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 get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.«

7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

8 Saul got up from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, »Ananias.« And he said, »Here I am, Lord.«

11 And the Lord said to him, »Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.«

13 But Ananias answered, »Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints at Jerusalem;

14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.«

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 sons of Israel;

16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.«

17 So Ananias departed and entered the house. And after laying his hands on him said, »Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.«

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight. And he got up and was baptized,

19 and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus.

20 And immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, »He is the Son of God.«

21 All those who heard him were amazed, and said, »Is this not he who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?«

22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

23 When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him,

24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night, 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.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 And he was with them moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.

29 And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were seeking to kill him.

30 But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace and was built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

32 Now as Peter went through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed.

34 Peter said to him, »Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.« Immediately he got up.

35 And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha (which is translated Dorcas). She was full of good works and acts of charity.

37 And at that time she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her body in an upper room.

38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, »Please come to us without delay.«

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 the tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them.

40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body, he said, »Tabitha, arise.« And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive.

42 It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

43 And Peter stayed for many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.