Acts 9:1-21 Bible in Basic English

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.


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