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Acts 9

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Saul Becomes a Follower of the Lord
(Acts 22.6-16; 26.12-18)
9
1 Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord's followers. He even went to the high priest
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1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord's Way.
d 9.2 accepted the Lord's Way: In the book of Acts, this means to become a follower of the Lord Jesus.
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
of this way: Gr. of the way
3 When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?” 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 “Who are you?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to.
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.” 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 A follower named Ananias lived in Damascus, and the Lord spoke to him in a vision. Ananias answered, “Lord, here I am.”
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the house of Judas on Straight Street. When you get there, you will find a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. Saul is praying,
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 and he has seen a vision. He saw a man named Ananias coming to him and putting his hands on him, so that he could see again.” 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Ananias replied, “Lord, a lot of people have told me about the terrible things this man has done to your followers in Jerusalem.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 Now the chief priests have given him the power to come here and arrest anyone who worships in your name.” 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 The Lord said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen him to tell foreigners, kings, and the people of Israel about me.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 I will show him how much he must suffer for worshiping in my name.” 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
17 Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, “Saul, the Lord Jesus has sent me. He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized.
9.18 Tb 11.13
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 Then he ate and felt much better.
Saul Preaches in Damascus
For several days Saul stayed with the Lord's followers in Damascus.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 Soon he went to the Jewish meeting places and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God. 20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 Everyone who heard Saul was amazed and said, “Isn't this the man who caused so much trouble for those people in Jerusalem who worship in the name of Jesus? Didn't he come here to arrest them and take them to the chief priests?” 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 Saul preached with such power that he completely confused the Jewish people in Damascus, as he tried to show them that Jesus is the Messiah.
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 Later some of them made plans to kill Saul,
9.23-25 2Co 11.32,33.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
24 but he found out about it. He learned that they were guarding the gates of the city day and night in order to kill him. 24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then one night his followers let him down over the city wall in a large basket. 25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.
Saul in Jerusalem
26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower.
26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles. He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him. Barnabas also said that when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus. 27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 Saul moved about freely with the followers in Jerusalem and told everyone about the Lord.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 He was always arguing with the Jews who spoke Greek, and so they tried to kill him. 29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 But the followers found out about this and took Saul to Caesarea. From there they sent him to the city of Tarsus. 30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31 The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Peter Heals Aeneas
32 While Peter was traveling from place to place, he visited the Lord's followers who lived in the town of Lydda.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 There he met a man named Aeneas, who for eight years had been sick in bed and could not move. 33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 Peter said to Aeneas, “Jesus Christ has healed you! Get up and make up your bed.”
e 9.34 and make up your bed: Or “and fix something to eat.”
Right away he stood up.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 Many people in the towns of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas and became followers of the Lord.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
Peter Brings Dorcas Back to Life
36 In Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. Her Greek name was Dorcas, which means “deer.” She was always doing good things for people and had given much to the poor.
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
Dorcas: or, Doe, or, Roe
37 But she got sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38 Joppa wasn't far from Lydda, and the followers heard that Peter was there. They sent two men to say to him, “Please come with us as quickly as you can!” 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
delay: or, be grieved
39 Right away, Peter went with them.
The men took Peter upstairs into the room. Many widows were there crying. They showed him the coats and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was still alive.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 After Peter had sent everyone out of the room, he knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the body of Dorcas and said, “Tabitha, get up!” The woman opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet.
Peter called in the widows and the other followers and showed them that Dorcas had been raised from death.
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42 Everyone in Joppa heard what had happened, and many of them put their faith in the Lord. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
43 Peter stayed on for a while in Joppa in the house of a man named Simon, who made leather. 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

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