The Damascus Road: Saul Converted
Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder
against the disciples of the Lord, went to the
and asked letters from him to the synagogues of
Damascus, so that if he found any who were of
the Way, whether men or women, he might bring
them bound to Jerusalem.
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and
suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice
saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are
persecuting. It is hard for you to kick
against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord,
what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go
into the city, and you will be told what you
And the men who journeyed with him stood
speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his
eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him
by the hand and brought him into
And he was three days without sight, and neither
ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus
named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a
And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to
the street called Straight, and inquire at the
house of Judas for one called Saul of
Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
coming in and putting his hand on him, so
that he might receive his sight.”
Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from
many about this man, how much harm he has done
to Your saints in Jerusalem.
And here he has authority from the chief priests
to bind all who call on Your name.”
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a
chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before
Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
For I will show him how many things he must
suffer for My name’s sake.”
And Ananias went his way and entered the house;
and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother
Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the
road as you came, has sent me that you may
receive your sight and be filled with the Holy
Immediately there fell from his eyes
something like scales, and he received his
sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
So when he had received food, he was
strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the
disciples at Damascus.
Immediately he preached the Christ in the
synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is
this not he who destroyed those who called on
this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for
that purpose, so that he might bring them bound
to the chief priests?”
But Saul increased all the more in strength, and
confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus,
proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Saul Escapes Death
Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted
to kill him.
But their plot became known to Saul. And they
watched the gates day and night, to kill him.
Then the disciples took him by night and let
him down through the wall in a large basket.
Saul at Jerusalem
And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to
join the disciples; but they were all afraid of
him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.
But Barnabas took him and brought him to
the apostles. And he declared to them how he had
seen the Lord on the road, and that He had
spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.
So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord
Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but
they attempted to kill him.
When the brethren found out, they brought him
down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
The Church Prospers
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria had peace and were edified. And
walking in the fear of the Lord and in the
comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were
Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all
parts of the country, that he also came
down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda.
There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who
had been bedridden eight years and was
And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ
heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he
So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and
turned to the Lord.
Dorcas Restored to
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named
Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman
was full of good works and charitable deeds
which she did.
But it happened in those days that she became
sick and died. When they had washed her, they
laid her in an upper room.
And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the
disciples had heard that Peter was there, they
sent two men to him, imploring him not to
delay in coming to them.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had
come, they brought him to the upper room.
And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing
the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made
while she was with them.
But Peter put them all out, 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.
Then he gave her his hand and lifted her
up; and when he had called the saints and
widows, he presented her alive.
And it became known throughout all Joppa, and
many believed on the Lord.
So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with
Simon, a tanner.