1. Saul, however, who was still filled with fury and murderous rage against the disciples of the Lord,
2. Asked the chief high priests for a letter to give to the synagogue at Damascus, that if he finds men or women who followed this Way, that he should take them prisoner and bring them to Jerusalem.
3. And as he went and began approaching Damascus, suddenly* a light shined on him from heaven,
4. And he fell on the ground, and he heard a voice that told him, "Saul, Saul, why do you reject me? You have been harsh in your treatment*."
5. He replied and said, "Who are you, my Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am the victorious Jesus,* whom you are persecuting.
6. "Except, rise and enter the city, and there I will speak with you about what is your duty to do."
7. And the men, who went with him to the city, stood there in amazement, because they heard the voice only, however they did not see anyone.
8. And Saul got up from the ground and could not see a thing, while his eyes were open. And as they took him by his hands, they led him into Damascus.
9. And he did not see for three days, and he did not eat or drink.
10. There was in Damascus a disciple whose name was Ananias. And the Lord told him in a vision, "Ananias," and he said, "Here I am, my Lord."*
11. And the Lord told him, "Get up and go to the market place which is called Abundant,* and seek in the house of Judas for Saul, who is from the town of Tarsos. For, behold, while he was praying,
12. "He saw in a vision a man whose name is Ananias, who entered and consecrated the hand on him so his eyes would be opened."
13. And Ananias said, "My Lord, I have heard from many [people] about this man, how much evil he subjects the saints in Jerusalem to,
14. "And, behold, even here he has been authorized by the chief high priests, to imprison all those who call on your name."
15. And the Lord said to him, "Rise up and go, because he is the vessel chosen by me, to carry my name among the nations and kings and the children of the house of Israel.
16. "For I will show him how much he is destined to suffer* because of my name."
17. Then Ananias went to him at the house, and consecrated the hand over him, and told him, "Saul, my brother, our Lord Jesus sent me, he whom you saw on the road, so as I should open your eyes and you should be filled with the holy Spirit."
18. And in that hour there fell from his eyes something that resembled scales* and his eyes were opened, and he rose and became baptized.
19. And he received the message of salvation* and was strengthened. And he was with the disciples many days in Damascus.
20. And within the* hour, he preached in the Jewish synagogue that Jesus was the Son of God.
21. And all that heard him were amazed, and they said it. "Was it not him who persecuted all those who called on this name in Jerusalem? And, behold, also until now he was sent for this, as to imprison and take them to the chief high priests."
22. Saul, then, was strengthened even more, and he shook up the Jews who lived in Damascus, as he showed them that Jesus* was the Messiah.
23. And as eight days passed, the Jews conspired to kill him.
24. Saul, however, suspected that they were seeking this opportunity against him. And they guarded the gates of the sea, day and night, so they could kill him.
25. Then the disciples placed him in a basket and lowered him down the wall at night.
26. And he went to Jerusalem and he wished to meet the disciples, and they were all afraid of him and did not believe he was a disciple.
27. Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he saw the Lord on the way, and what he spoke with him, and how in Damascus in fact he openly spoke in the name of Jesus.
28. And he went in with them and came out into Jerusalem.
29. And he indeed spoke openly in the name of Jesus, and he argued with Jews who knew Greek. However, they wanted to kill him.
30. And as the brothers learned of it, they came in the night to Caesarea and from there they sent him to Tarsos.
31. Therefore then, there was peace throughout the church in all of Judea and Galilee and Samaria, since it was built on and was in submission to God,* and it grew through the nurturing of the holy Spirit.
32. And as Simon was going around the towns, he went down also to the saints that lived in the town of Lydda.
33. And he found a man by the name of Aeneas, who was bedridden and was paralyzed for eight years.
34. And Simon told him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ has healed you. Rise and make your bed." And in that very hour he got up.*
35. And all those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned back to God.
36. However, there was a disciple in the town of Joppa, whose name was Tabatha*, who was destined to perform good deeds and holy acts.
37. Then she became ill in those days and died. And they bathed her and placed her in an upper chamber.
38. And the disciples heard that Simon was in the town of Lydda, which is near Joppa. And they sent to him two men to ask him, that he should not depart from the area without coming up to them.*
39. And Simon got up and went with them. And as he came they took him up to the room. And all the widows gathered and stood around him, while they cried and showed him the tunics and dresses that Tabatha had given them while living.
40. Simon then put everyone* out and knelt down on his knees and prayed, and he turned to the corpse and said, "Tabatha, rise." She opened her eyes, and as she saw Simon, she sat up.
41. And he extended her a hand and he raised her, and he called the saints and the widows and gave her to them while living.
42. And this became known throughout the town, and many believed in our Lord.
43. And he was then in Joppa not a few days, while he was guest* at the house of Simon the tanner.
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*9:3 Lit. Ar. expression: "From under silence."
*9:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Oppression."
*9:5 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Jesus the Nazarene."
*9:10 Lit. Ar. expression: "Behold, me, my Lord."
*9:11 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Rise, go to the street called fat."
*9:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Sorrow."
*9:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "Peels."
*9:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Ministration," or "Hope [of the Kingdom.]"
*9:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "His."
*9:22 Lit. Ar. grammatical construction: "This."
*9:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "As it was built and approved [under] the fear of God."
*9:34 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And after his hour he stood."
*9:36 Lit. Ar. name: "The Little Jewel."
*9:38 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "That not confirm himself that he come, catch them," or: "to come without fail."
*9:40 Lit. Ar. id.: "All the human beings."
*9:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "While he unpacked"