Acts 9:22-43 Bible in Basic English

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.


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