1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2And 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.
3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
5And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said,
I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the goads.
6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.
7And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8And 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.
9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision,
And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11And the Lord said unto 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 prays,
12And has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hands on him, that he might receive his sight.
13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem:
14And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name.
15But the Lord said unto him,
Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16For I will show him what great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
17And 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 you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight, and arose, and was baptized.
19And when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples who were at Damascus.
20And immediately he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them who called on this name in Jerusalem, and came here for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this one is the very Christ.
23And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
24But their plot was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall in a basket.
26And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27But 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.
28And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Hellenists: but they went about to slay him.
30But when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31Then 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.
32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints who dwelt at Lydda.
33And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been in bed eight years, and was paralyzed.
34And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes you whole: arise, and make your bed. And he arose immediately.
35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and turned to the Lord.
36Now 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.
37And 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.
38And since as Lydda was near 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.
39Then 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.
40But 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.
41And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
43And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
Commentaries for Acts 9:0