Bible: Acts 9:1-31
The Conversion of Saul
9:1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats 1 to murder 2 the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest 9:2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues 3 in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, 4 either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners 5 to Jerusalem. 6 9:3 As he was going along, approaching 7 Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed 8 around him. 9:4 He 9 fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, 10 why are you persecuting me?” 11 9:5 So he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! 9:6 But stand up 12 and enter the city and you will be told 13 what you must do.” 9:7 (Now the men 14 who were traveling with him stood there speechless, 15 because they heard the voice but saw no one.) 16 9:8 So Saul got up from the ground, but although his eyes were open, 17 he could see nothing. 18 Leading him by the hand, his companions 19 brought him into Damascus. 9:9 For 20 three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything. 21
9:10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The 22 Lord 23 said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, 24 Lord.” 9:11 Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ 25 and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, 9:12 and he has seen in a vision 26 a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” 9:13 But Ananias replied, 27 “Lord, I have heard from many people 28 about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, 9:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison 29 all who call on your name!” 30 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument 31 to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. 32 9:16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 33 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed 34 his hands on Saul 35 and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, 36 has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 37 9:18 Immediately 38 something like scales 39 fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He 40 got up and was baptized, 9:19 and after taking some food, his strength returned.
For several days 41 he was with the disciples in Damascus, 9:20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, 42 saying, “This man is the Son of God.” 43 9:21 All 44 who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not 45 the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging 46 those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners 47 to the chief priests?” 9:22 But Saul became more and more capable, 48 and was causing consternation 49 among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving 50 that Jesus 51 is the Christ. 52
Saul’s Escape from Damascus
9:23 Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted 53 together to kill him, 9:24 but Saul learned of their plot against him. 54 They were also watching 55 the city gates 56 day and night so that they could kill him. 9:25 But his disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening 57 in the wall by lowering him in a basket. 58
Saul Returns to Jerusalem
9:26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, 59 he attempted to associate 60 with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe 61 that he was a disciple. 9:27 But Barnabas took 62 Saul, 63 brought 64 him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that 65 the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly 66 in the name of Jesus. 9:28 So he was staying with them, associating openly with them 67 in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 9:29 He was speaking and debating 68 with the Greek-speaking Jews, 69 but they were trying to kill him. 9:30 When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea 70 and sent him away to Tarsus.
9:31 Then 71 the church throughout Judea, Galilee, 72 and Samaria experienced 73 peace and thus was strengthened. 74 Living 75 in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church 76 increased in numbers.