Acts 9

1Saul going toward Damascus is encompassed with a light from heaven, falleth to the earth, is called by Christ, and led blind to Damascus. 10Ananias is sent to him, by whom he is restored to sight, and baptized: he straightway preacheth Christ boldly. 23The Jews of Damascus seek to kill him; 26he goeth to Jerusalem, and is brought to the apostles by Barnabas; preaching boldly against the Grecians, he is again in danger of his life, and is sent to Tarsus. 31The church hath rest, and is multiplied. 32Peter cureth Aeneas of the palsy at Lydda; 36and raiseth Tabitha to life at Joppa.

1 And 1Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 And desired of him 1letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any aof this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

3 1And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

4 And he fell to the earth, 1and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou 2me?

5 And he said, 1Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: 2it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, 1Lord, 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 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, 1hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: 1but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

9 And he was three days 1without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

101And 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 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 1Saul, of Tarsus: for, 2behold, he prayeth,

12 1And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, 1how much evil he hath done to thy 2saints at Jerusalem:

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that 1call on thy name.

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for 1he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

16 1For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

17 1And 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 2be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 1And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and 2was baptized.

19 1And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. 2Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

20 1And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; 1Is 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 But Saul 1increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, 2proving that this is very Christ.

231And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews 2took counsel to kill him:

24 1But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and 1let him down by the wall in a basket.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, 1he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But 1Barnabas took him, and brought him to the 2apostles, 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 3boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 And he was with them 1coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

29 And he 1spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the 2Grecians: but 3they went about to slay him.

30 which when the brethren knew, 1they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to 2Tarsus.

31 1Then had the churches 2rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were 3edified; and 4walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the 5comfort of the Holy Ghost, were 6multiplied.

32 ¶ And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to 1the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed 1eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, 1Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. 2And he arose immediately.

35 1And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 ¶ Now there was at 1Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called aDorcas: this woman was 2full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

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 1upper chamber.

38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to 1Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not adelay to come to them.

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 1weeping, and shewing 2the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40 1But 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 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called 1the saints and widows, presented her alive.

42 1And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in 1Joppa with one Simon a tanner.