THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Jesus appears to Saul—Saul a chosen vessel—Ananias restores Saul’s sight—He is baptized and begins his ministry—Peter heals Aeneas and raises Dorcas from death.
Saul, yet breathing out athreatenings
and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
And desired of him aletters
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.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a alight
And he afell
to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, bSaul
, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am aJesus
whom thou persecutest: it is
hard for thee to bkick
against the pricks.
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, awhat
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.
the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a bvoice
, but seeing cno
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.
And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
¶ And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named aAnanias
; and to him said the Lord in a bvision
, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here,
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, of Tarsus: 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, how much aevil
he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a achosen
vessel unto me, to bbear
before the dGentiles
, and ekings
, and the children of Israel:
For I will shew him how great things he must asuffer
for my name’s sake.
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his ahands
on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that bappeared
unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath csent
me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the dHoly
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received asight
forthwith, and arose, and was bbaptized
And when he had received meat, 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 the Son of God.
But all that heard him
were amazed, and said; Is not this he that adestroyed
them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bbound
unto the chief priests?
But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
¶ And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to akill
But their alaying
await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
Then the disciples took him by night, and let him
down by the wall in a abasket
And when Saul was come to aJerusalem
, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him, and brought him
to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had aseen
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 coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and adisputed
against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
Which when the 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 aedified
; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the bcomfort
of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
¶ And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters,
he came down also to the asaints
which dwelt at Lydda.
And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was asick
of the palsy.
And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
¶ Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this awoman
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 had 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 two men, desiring him that 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 them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him
to the body said, Tabitha, aarise
. 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 the asaints
and widows, presented her balive
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.