Acts 9:22-43 English Standard Version

22  But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

Saul Escapes from the Jews

23  When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24  but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25  but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall,[1] lowering him in a basket.

Saul at Jerusalem

26  And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27  But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28  So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29  And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists.[2] But they were seeking to kill him. 30  And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31  So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

Aeneas Healed

32  Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33  There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34  And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. 35  And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36  Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.[3] She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37  In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38  Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, "Please come to us without delay." 39  So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics[4] and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40  But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41  And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42  And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43  And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

Footnotes

[1] 9:25 Greek through the wall

[2] 9:29 That is, Greek-speaking Jews

[3] 9:36 The Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas both mean gazelle

[4] 9:39 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

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