9:1Now Saul, continuing to breathe out murderous threats against the disciples of the Master, approached the ruling priest9:2to request letters to the synagogues in Damascus. He wanted permission to take any who were of The Way, whether men or women, as prisoners to Jerusalem.
9:3As he traveled and came close to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.9:4Dropping to the ground, he heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you hounding me?”
9:5He replied, “Who are you, Master?”
“I am Jesus,” the voice replied, “the one you are chasing down!9:6But go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
9:7The men who were traveling with him stood there speechless; they heard the sound but saw no one.9:8Then Saul got up from the ground but he could see nothing at all when he opened his eyes. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.9:9For three days he was blind, and he did not eat or drink anything.
9:10Now there was a certain disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Master called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Here I am, Master,” he replied.
9:11And the Master said, “Get up and go to Straight Street, and look for the house of Judas where there is someone from Tarsus named Saul, who is praying.9:12He has seen a vision of a man named Ananias coming to place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
9:13But Ananias objected, “Master, I’ve heard about him from many people, about the terrible things he did to your holy ones in Jerusalem.9:14And now he has jurisdiction from the ruling priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
9:15But the Master replied, “Go! For he is the instrument I have chosen to carry my name before nations and kings, as well as the people of Israel.9:16And I will tell him exactly how much he will suffer for my name’s sake.”
9:17So Ananias went away, and when he entered the house he placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Master Jesus whom you saw on your way here, has commissioned me so that you can receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”9:18And immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he could see again! So he got up and was immersed.9:19He took nourishment and was strengthened, and he stayed with the disciples in Damascus for several days.
9:20Then Paul abruptly went into the synagogues to proclaim that Jesus is the God-Man.9:21This amazed everyone who heard it, because they said, “Isn’t this the one who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem on all who called upon this name? Didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them to the ruling priests?”
9:22But Saul became more and more powerful, throwing the Judeans living in Damascus into turmoil by arguing that this One is the Anointed.9:23And after this had continued for a long time, the Judeans conspired to assassinate him,9:24but Saul found out about their plot. They monitored the city gates day and night for the chance to kill him.9:25But one night the disciples lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.
9:26Now when he came to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples there. But they were afraid of him and didn’t believe he was a disciple like them.9:27So Barnabas vouched for him, telling the Ambassadors how he met the Master on the road, how the Master spoke to him, and how in Damascus he was speaking boldly in the name of Jesus.
9:28He continued to speak boldly in the name of Jesus,9:29debating the Greek-speaking Judeans,1 yet they conspired to assassinate him.9:30But the believers found out about it and took him to Caesarea, then sent him on his way to Tarsus.9:31So then the Congregation throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace. They were encouraged and continued in the fear of the Master, and their numbers multiplied with the help of the Holy Spirit.
9:32Now it happened that Peter, traveling about, came down to the holy ones living in Lydda.9:33There he found a certain paralyzed person called Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years.9:34So Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Anointed heals you! Get up and take care of your bed!” Immediately he got up,9:35and the news about this caused everyone living in Lydda and Saron to turn to the Master.
9:36Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (translated as Dorcas). She was always doing good deeds and charitable work.9:37And in those days it happened that she became ill and died. So they bathed her and placed her in an upper room.
9:38Now Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples heard that Peter was there. So they sent two men to him to say, “Hurry and come to us!”9:39Then Peter went with them, and they led him to the upper room, where all the widows were crying and displaying the tunics and other clothing Dorcas had made for them.
9:40Peter had them all leave the room. He knelt down to pray, and turning toward the body he said, “Tabitha, arise!” And she opened her eyes, looked at Peter, and sat up!9:41So Peter took her by the hand and helped her up. Then he summoned the holy ones and widows and presented her to them alive.9:42This event became known throughout all of Joppa, and many put their trust in the Master.9:43Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.
- 1“Greek-speaking Judeans” is literally just “Greeks,” but clearly non-Judean Greeks would have no interest in any of this, nor be moved to murder over it.