Acts 9-10 Bible in Basic English

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The Conversion of Saul

9 1  But Saul, still burning with desire to put to death the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2  And made a request for letters from him to the Synagogues of Damascus, so that if there were any of the Way there, men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3  And while he was journeying, he came near Damascus; and suddenly he saw a light from heaven shining round him; 4  And he went down on the earth, and a voice said to him, Saul, Saul, why are you attacking me so cruelly? 5  And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom you are attacking: 6  But get up, and go into the town, and it will be made clear to you what you have to do. 7  And the men who were with him were not able to say anything; hearing the voice, but seeing no one. 8  And Saul got up from the earth, and when his eyes were open, he saw nothing; and he was guided by the hand into Damascus. 9  And for three days he was not able to see, and he took no food or drink.

10  Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias! and he said, Here I am, Lord. 11  And the Lord said to him, Get up, and go to the street which is named Straight, and make search at the house of Judas for one named Saul of Tarsus: for he is at prayer; 12  And he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hands on him, so that he may be able to see. 13  But Ananias said, Lord, I have had accounts of this man from a number of people, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem: 14  And here he has authority from the chief priests to make prisoners all who give worship to your name. 15  But the Lord said, Go without fear: for he is a special vessel for me, to give to the Gentiles and kings and to the children of Israel the knowledge of my name: 16  For I will make clear to him what troubles he will have to undergo for me. 17  And Ananias went out and came to the house, and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, whom you saw when you were on your journey, has sent me, so that you may be able to see, and be full of the Holy Spirit. 18  And straight away it seemed as if a veil was taken from his eyes, and he was able to see; and he got up, and had baptism; 19  And when he had taken food his strength came back. And for some days he kept with the disciples who were in Damascus.

Saul Preaches at Damascus

20  And straight away, in the Synagogues, he was preaching Jesus as the Son of God. 21  And all those hearing him were full of wonder and said, Is not this the man who in Jerusalem was attacking all the worshippers of this name? and he had come here so that he might take them as prisoners before the chief priests. 22  But Saul went on increasing in power, and the Jews in Damascus were not able to give answers to the arguments by which he made it clear that Jesus was the Christ.

Saul Escapes from the Jews

23  Then, after some days, the Jews made an agreement together to put him to death: 24  But Saul got knowledge of their design. And they kept watch day and night on the roads out of the town, so that they might put him to death: 25  But his disciples took him by night and let him down from the wall in a basket.

Saul at Jerusalem

26  And when he came to Jerusalem, he made an attempt to be joined to the disciples, but they were all in fear of him, not taking him for a disciple. 27  But Barnabas took him to the Apostles and gave them an account of how he had seen the Lord on the road, and had given hearing to his words, and how at Damascus he had been preaching in the name of Jesus without fear. 28  And he was with them, going in and out at Jerusalem, 29  Preaching in the name of the Lord without fear; and he had discussions with the Greek Jews; but they were working for his death. 30  And when the brothers had knowledge of it, they took him to Caesarea and sent him to Tarsus. 31  And so the church through all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was made strong; and, living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was increased greatly.

Aeneas Healed

32  And it came about that while Peter was going through all parts of the country he came to the saints who were living at Lydda. 33  And there was a certain man there, named Aeneas, who for eight years had been in bed, without power of moving. 34  And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes you well: get up and make your bed. And straight away he got up. 35  And all those living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and were turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36  Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, that is, Dorcas: this woman was given to good works and acts of mercy at all times. 37  And it came about, in those days, that she got ill and came to her death: and when she had been washed, they put her in a room which was high up. 38  And because Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having knowledge that Peter was there, sent two men to him, requesting him to come to them straight away. 39  And Peter went with them. And when he had come, they took him into the room: and all the widows were there, weeping and putting before him the coats and clothing which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40  But Peter made them all go outside, and went down on his knees in prayer; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, get up. And, opening her eyes, she saw Peter and got up. 41  And he took her hand, lifting her up; and, sending for the saints and widows, he gave her to them, living. 42  And news of it went all through Joppa, and a number of people had faith in the Lord. 43  And he was living in Joppa for some time with Simon, a leather-worker.

Peter and Cornelius

10 1  Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, the captain of the Italian band of the army; 2  A serious-minded man, fearing God with all his family; he gave much money to the poor, and made prayer to God at all times. 3  He saw in a vision, clearly, at about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of the Lord coming to him and saying to him, Cornelius! 4  And he, looking on him in fear, said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your prayers and your offerings have come up to God, and he has kept them in mind. 5  Now send men to Joppa, and get one Simon, named Peter, 6  Who is living with Simon, a leather-worker, whose house is by the sea. 7  And when the angel who said these words to him had gone away, he sent for two of his house-servants, and a God-fearing man of the army, one of those who were waiting on him at all times; 8  And having given them an account of everything, he sent them to Joppa.

9  Now the day after, when they were on their journey and were near the town, Peter went up to the top of the house for prayer, about the sixth hour: 10  And he was in need of food: but while they were getting it ready, a deep sleep came on him; 11  And he saw the heavens opening, and a vessel coming down, like a great cloth let down on the earth, 12  In which were all sorts of beasts and birds. 13  And a voice came to him, saying, Come, Peter; take them for food. 14  But Peter said, No, Lord; for I have never taken food which is common or unclean. 15  And the voice came to him a second time, What God has made clean, do not you make common. 16  And this was done three times: and then the vessel was taken back into heaven. 17  Now while Peter was in doubt as to the purpose of this vision, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made search for Simon's house, came to the door, 18  To see if Simon, named Peter, was living there.

19  And, while Peter was turning the vision over in his mind, the Spirit said to him, See, three men are looking for you. 20  Go down, then, and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them. 21  And Peter went down to the men, and said, I am the man you are looking for: why have you come? 22  And they said, Cornelius, a captain, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by all the nation of the Jews, had word from God by an angel to send for you to his house, and to give hearing to your words. 23  So he took them in for the night. And the day after, he went with them, taking some of the brothers from Joppa with him. 24  And the day after that, they came to Caesarea. And Cornelius was waiting for them, having got together his relations and his near friends. 25  And when Peter came in, Cornelius came to him and, falling down at his feet, gave him worship. 26  But Peter, lifting him up, said, Get up, for I am a man as you are. 27  And saying these words, he went in, and saw that a great number of people had come together; 28  And he said to them, You yourselves have knowledge that it is against the law for a man who is a Jew to be in the company of one who is of another nation; but God has made it clear to me that no man may be named common or unclean: 29  And so I came without question, when I was sent for. What then is your purpose in sending for me? 30  And Cornelius said, Four days from now I was in my house in prayer at the ninth hour; and I saw before me a man in shining clothing, 31  Who said, Cornelius, your prayer has come to the ears of God, and your offerings are kept in his memory. 32  Send, then, to Joppa, and get Simon, named Peter, to come to you; he is living in the house of Simon, a leather-worker, by the sea. 33  So, straight away, I sent for you; and you have done well to come. And now, we are all present before God, ready to give attention to all the things which the Lord has given you to say.

Peter's Address in Cornelius' House

34  Then Peter said, Truly, I see clearly that God is no respecter of persons: 35  But in every nation, the man who has fear of him and does righteousness is pleasing to him. 36  The word which he sent to the children of Israel, giving the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (who is Lord of all)— 37  That word you yourselves have knowledge of, which was made public through all Judaea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism of which John was the preacher, 38  About Jesus of Nazareth, how God gave the Holy Spirit to him, with power: and how he went about doing good and making well all who were troubled by evil spirits, for God was with him. 39  And we are witnesses of all the things which he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they put to death, hanging him on a tree. 40  On the third day God gave him back to life, and let him be seen, 41  Not by all the people, but by witnesses marked out before by God, even by us, who took food and drink with him after he came back from the dead. 42  And he gave us orders to give news of this to the people, and to give public witness that this is he whom God has made judge of the living and the dead. 43  To him all the prophets give witness, that through his name everyone who has faith in him will have forgiveness of sins.

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Ghost

44  While Peter was saying these words, the Holy Spirit came on all those who were hearing the word. 45  And the Jews of the faith, who had come with Peter, were full of wonder, because the Holy Spirit was given to the Gentiles, 46  And they were talking in tongues, and giving glory to God. Then Peter said, 47  Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have? 48  And he gave orders for them to have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they kept him with them for some days.

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