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Acts 9 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Damascus Road: Saul Converted
Saul’s Conversion and Preaching
(Acts 22:6–16; 26:12–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:1 - Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:2 - and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:3 - As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:4 - Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:5 - And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[fn] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:6 - So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:7 - And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:8 - Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:9 - And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:10 - Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:11 - So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:12 - “And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:13 - Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:14 - “And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:15 - But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:16 - “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:17 - And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[fn] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:18 - Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:19 - So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Saul Preaches Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:20 - Immediately he preached the Christ[fn] in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:21 - Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:22 - But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Saul Escapes Death
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:23 - Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:24 - But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:25 - Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.
Saul at Jerusalem
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:26 - And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:27 - But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:28 - So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:29 - And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:30 - When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
The Church Prospers
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:31 - Then the churches[fn] throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
Aeneas Healed
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:32 - Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:33 - There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:34 - And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:35 - So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Dorcas Restored to Life
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:36 - At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:37 - But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:38 - And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:39 - Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:40 - But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:41 - Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:42 - And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 9:43 - So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text and M-Text omit the last sentence of verse 5 and begin verse 6 with But arise and go.
M-Text omits Jesus.
NU-Text reads Jesus.
NU-Text reads church . . . was edified.

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