Acts 9 ©

1 Saul travels to Damascus, to persecute the faithful there also. 3 On the way is struck by a light from heaven, cast to the earth, and rebuked by Christ Himself, and smitten with blindness. 10 Ananias is sent to him, who at first is afraid to go to him. 15 But afterward comes to him, restores him to his sight, instructs and baptizes him. 20 Saul preaches Christ in the synagogues. 23 The Jews lay snares for him. 25 But he escapes over the wall of the city in a basket. 26 He comes to Jerusalem, and is brought to the apostles by Barnabas, and preaches Christ there also. 30 Travels towards Tarsus to escape the snares of the Jews. 31 The churches have peace and increase. 32 Peter comes to Lydda and cures Æneas. 36 Is sent for to Joppa, and raises Tabitha who was dead. 42 Whereby many believe.


ANDa Saul, yet 1breathing out threatenings and slaughter against 2the disciples of the Lord, went unto the 3high priest,


And desired of him letters to 4Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any 5of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.


Andb as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: andc suddenly there 6shined round about him ad light from heaven:


And he 7fell to the earth, and heard a voice 8saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou 9me?


And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: ite is hard for thee to kick against 10the pricks.


And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, whatf wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee 11what thou must do.


Andg12the men which journeyed with him stood 13speechless, 14hearing a voice, but seeing no man.


And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he 15saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.


And he was three days without sight, and neither 16did eat nor drink.


¶And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named 17Ananias; and to him said the Lord 18in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.


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, ofh19Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,


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


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


And 20here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on 21thy name.


But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: forj he is a chosen 22vessel unto me, 23to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:


Fork I will 24shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.


Andl Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting 25his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that 26appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.


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


And when he had received 27meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.


And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is 28the Son of God.


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?


But Saul increased the more in strength, and 29confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, 30proving that this is very Christ.


¶And after that 31many days were 32fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:


But their laying await was known of Saul. Andm33they watched the gates day and night to kill him.


Then the disciples took him by night, andn let him down by the wall in a basket.


Ando when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayedp to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and 34believed not that he was a disciple.


Butq Barnabas took him, and brought him to 35the 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.


And he was with them 36coming in and going out at Jerusalem.


And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against 37the Grecians:r but they went about to slay him.


Which when 38the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.


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.


¶And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout 39all quarters, he came down also 40to the saints which dwelt at 41Lydda.


And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept 42his bed eight years, and was sick of the 43palsy.


And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and 44make thy bed. And he arose immediately.


And all that dwelt 45at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.


¶Now there was at 46Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, 47which by interpretation is called 48Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.


And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they 49had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.


And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him 50two men, desiring him 51that he would not delay to come to them.


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.


But Peter put 52them 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.


And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called 53the saints and widows, presented her alive.


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


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