Acts 9


9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
 against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
9:2 And desired from him letters to Damascus to the synagogues,
 that if he should find any of this way, whether they were men
 or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
 there shined around him a light from heaven:
9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him,
 Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
9:5 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 goads.
9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou
 have me to do? And the Lord [said] to him, Arise, and go into
 the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
9:7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
 a voice, but seeing no man.
9:8 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.
9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor
 drank.
9:10 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.
9:11 And the Lord [said] to him, Arise, and go into the street
 which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for
 [one] called Saul of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth,
9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in,
 and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this
 man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests, to bind
 all that call on thy name.
9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel to
 me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
 children of Israel.
9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my
 name's sake.
9:17 And Ananias went, and entered into the house; and putting
 his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord ([even] Jesus
 that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest) hath sent me,
 that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
 Spirit.
9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
 scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
 baptized.
9:19 And when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then
 was Saul certain days with the disciples who were at Damascus.
9:20 And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that
 he is the Son of God.
9:21 But all that heard [him] were amazed, and said, Is not this
 he that destroyed them who called on this name in Jerusalem,
 and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound
 to the chief priests?
9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the
 Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
9:23 And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
 to kill him.
9:24 But their laying in wait, was known to Saul. And they
 watched the gates day and night to kill him.
9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by
 the wall in a basket.
9:26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he essayed to join
 himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and
 believed not that he was a disciple.
9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought [him] to the apostles,
 and declared to 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.
9:28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
9:29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
 disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
9:30 [Which] when the brethren knew, they brought him down to
 Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea, and
 Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified: and walking in the fear
 of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, were
 multiplied.
9:32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all
 [quarters], he came down also to the saints who dwelt at Lydda.
9:33 And there he found a certain man named Eneas, who had kept
 his bed eight years, and was sick with the palsy.
9:34 And Peter said to him, Eneas, Jesus Christ healeth thee:
 arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
9:35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned
 to the Lord.
9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha,
 who by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of
 good works and alms-deeds which she did.
9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and
 died: whom, when they had washed, they laid in an upper
 chamber.
9:38 And as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard
 that Peter was there, they sent to him two men, desiring [him]
 that he would not delay to come to them.
9:39 Then Peter arose, and went with them. When he had come,
 they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows
 stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which
 Dorcas made, while she was with them.
9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed;
 and turning to the body, said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened
 her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
9:41 And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up; and when he
 had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa: and many believed in
 the Lord.
9:43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa
 with one Simon a tanner.
 
 

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