Acts 9:1-21 Darby’s Translation

The Conversion of Saul

9 1  But Saul, still breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, came to the high priest 2  and asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues, so that if he found any who were of the way, both men and women, he might bring [them] bound to Jerusalem. 3  But as he was journeying, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus; and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven, 4  and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me? 5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he [said], I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest. 6  But rise up and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7  But the men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but beholding no one. 8  And Saul rose up from the earth, and his eyes being opened he saw no one. But leading [him] by the hand they brought him into Damascus. 9  And he was three days without seeing, and neither ate nor drank.

10  And there was a certain disciple in Damascus by name Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, [here am] I, Lord. 11  And the Lord [said] to him, Rise up and go into the street which is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas one by name Saul, [he is] of Tarsus: for, behold, he is praying, 12  and has seen [in a vision] a man by name Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he should see. 13  And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many concerning this man how much evil he has done to thy saints at Jerusalem; 14  and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy name. 15  And the Lord said to him, Go, for this [man] is an elect vessel to me, to bear my name before both nations and kings and [the] sons of Israel: 16  for I will shew to him how much he must suffer for my name. 17  And Ananias went and entered into the house; and laying his hands upon him he said, Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus that appeared to thee in the way in which thou camest, that thou mightest see, and be filled with [the] Holy Spirit. 18  And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he saw, and rising up was baptised; 19  and, having received food, got strength. And he was with the disciples who [were] in Damascus certain days.

Saul Preaches at Damascus

20  And straightway in the synagogues he preached Jesus that he is the Son of God. 21  And all who heard were astonished and said, Is not this he who destroyed in Jerusalem those who called on this name, and here was come for this purpose, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?


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