Saul's Conversion On The Damascus Road

1 BUT Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the chief priest

1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples(A) of the Lord. He went to the high priest(B)

1 Meanwhile, still spewing death threats against the Lord's disciples, Saul went to the high priest.

2 and asked of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of that way, he might bring them bound, men and women, to Jerusalem.

2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

2 and requested letters(C) from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way,(D) he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

2 He asked him for letters to take with him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he might bring them in chains to Jerusalem.

3 And he was going and had come nigh to Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven,

3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

3 As(E) he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

3 As Saul traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

4 and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me?

4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

4 He dropped to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"

5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute.

5 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

5 “Who are You, Lord?” he said.“I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,” He replied.

5 He asked, "Who are you, Lord?"

6 But arise and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.

6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do."

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

6 The voice said, "I'm Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up, go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do."

7 And the men travelling with him stood amazed, hearing indeed the voice, but beholding no one.

7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.(F)

7 Meanwhile, the men who were traveling with Saul were standing speechless, for they heard the voice but didn't see anyone.

8 And Saul arose from the earth, and his eyes being opened he saw nothing; and leading him by the hand they conducted him to Damascus.

8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.

8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

8 Then Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.

8 When Saul got up off the ground, he couldn't see anything, even though his eyes were open. So his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.

9 And he was three days without sight, and neither eat nor drank.

9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

9 He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink.

9 For three days he couldn't see, and he didn't eat or drink anything.

Ananias Sent To Saul

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus by the name of Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!”“Here I am, Lord!” he said.(G)

10 Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called out to him in a vision, "Ananias!" He answered, "Here I am, Lord."

11 And the Lord said to him, Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for [a man] by the name of Saul of Tarsus; for behold, he prays,

11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus(H) named Saul, since he is praying there.

11 The Lord told him, "Get up, go to the street called Straight, and in the home of Judas look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. At this very moment he's praying.

12 and has seen a man by the name of Ananias coming and putting a hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

12 In a vision(a) he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so he can regain his sight.”(I)

12 He has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so he would see again."

13 And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem;

13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem;

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.(J)

13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard many people tell how much evil this man has done to your saints in Jerusalem.

14 and here he has power from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name.

14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name."

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

14 And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.”(K)

14 He is here with authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call on your name."

15 But the Lord said to him, Go, for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name both before nations and kings, and the children of Israel;

15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument(L) to take My name to Gentiles,(M) kings, and the Israelites.(N)

15 But the Lord told him, "Go, because he's my chosen instrument to carry my name to unbelievers, to their kings, and to the descendants of Israel.

16 for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name.

16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake."

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

16 I will show him how much he must suffer for My name!”(O)

16 since I'm going to show him how much he must suffer for my name's sake."

17 And Ananias went and entered into the house, and laying hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way which you came, that you may receive sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

17 So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”(P)

17 So Ananias left and went to that house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were traveling, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight, and rising up was baptized,

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

18 All at once something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again.

Saul Proclaims Jesus In Synagogues

19 and having received food was strengthened. And he was with the disciples at Damascus some days;

19 and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.(Q)Saul Proclaiming the Messiah Saul was with the disciples in Damascus for some days.

19 He got up and was baptized, and after eating some food, he felt strong again. For several days he stayed with the disciples in Damascus.

Saul Proclaims Christ In Damascus

20 and immediately in the synagogues he preached Jesus, that this is the Son of God.

20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God."

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”(R)

20 He immediately started to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "This is the Son of God."

21 And all that heard him were astonished and said, Is not this he that destroyed those who called on this name at Jerusalem, and has come here for this purpose, that he might lead them bound to the chief priests?

21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?"

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

21 But all who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man who, in Jerusalem, was destroying those who called on this name and then came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?”(S)

21 Everyone who heard him was astonished and said, "This is the man who harassed those who were calling on Jesus' name in Jerusalem, isn't it? Didn't he come here to bring them in chains to the high priests?"

22 But Saul increased in power and confounded the Jews living at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

22 But Saul grew more capable and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this One is the Messiah.

22 But Saul grew more and more persuasive, and continued to confound the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this man was the Messiah.

Saul Escapes From Damascus

23 And when some days had passed, the Jews took counsel to kill him;

23 When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him,

23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

23 After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him,

23 After several days had gone by, the Jewish leaders plotted to murder Saul,

24 and their design was made known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him;

24 but their plot became known to Saul They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;

24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

24 but their plot became known to Saul. So they were watching the gates day and night intending to kill him,(T)

24 but their plot became known to him. They were even watching the gates day and night to murder him,

25 but the disciples took him by night and sent him away by the wall, letting him down in a store-basket.

25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

25 but his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the wall.(U)

25 but his disciples took him one night and let him down through the city wall by lowering him in a basket.

Saul In Jerusalem

26 And going to Jerusalem he endeavored to join the disciples; and they all feared him, not believing that he was a disciple.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

26 When he arrived in Jerusalem,(V) he tried to associate with the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, since they did not believe he was a disciple.

26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they all were afraid of him because they wouldn't believe he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had spoken boldly in Damascus in the name of Jesus.

27 But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

27 Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles and explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that He had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly(W) in the name of Jesus.(X)

27 Barnabas, however, introduced Saul to the apostles, telling them how on the road Saul had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how courageously he had spoken in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

28 And he was with them, entering in and going out at Jerusalem,

28 And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.

28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

28 Saul was coming and going with them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

28 So he freely circulated among them in Jerusalem, speaking courageously in the name of the Lord.

29 and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord; and he spoke and disputed with the Hellenists; and they undertook to kill him;

29 And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.

29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

29 He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,(b) but they attempted to kill him.(Y)

29 He kept talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews, but they were bent on murdering him.

30 but the brothers knowing it led him away to Caesarea and sent him to Tarsus.

30 But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

30 When the brothers found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.(Z)

30 When the brothers found out about the plot, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

31 Then had the church peace in all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and being built up, and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

31 So the church(AA) throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace, being built up and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, and it increased in numbers.

31 So the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed peace. As it continued to be built up and to live in the fear of the Lord, it kept increasing in numbers through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit.

Aeneas Healed

32 And Peter passing through all places, went down also to the saints living at Lydda.

32 Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

32 As Peter was traveling from place to place,(c) he also came down to the saints(AB) who lived in Lydda.(AC)

32 Now when Peter was going around among all of the disciples, he also visited the saints living in Lydda.

33 And he found there a certain man by the name of AEneas, who had lain on a bed for eight years, and was a paralytic.

33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed.

33 And there he found a certain man named AEneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.

33 There he found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.

34 And Peter said to him, AEneas, Jesus Christ cures you; arise and make your bed for yourself. And he immediately arose;

34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed." Immediately he got up.

34 And Peter said unto him, AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,”(d) and immediately he got up.(AD)

34 Peter told him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Messiah is healing you. Get up and put away your mat!" At once he got up,

35 and all those who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and turned to the Lord.

35 And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

35 So all who lived in Lydda and Sharon(AE) saw him and turned to the Lord.

35 and all the people who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Raised

36 And there was at Joppa a certain female disciple called Tabitha, which being interpreted is called, Dorcas; she was full of good works and charities which she bestowed.

36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

36 In Joppa(AF) there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas.(e) She was always doing good works(AG) and acts of charity.

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was known for her good actions and acts of charity that she was always doing.

37 And in those days she was sick and died; and having washed they put her in an upper room.

37 And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room.

37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

37 In those days she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs.

37 At that time, she got sick and died. After they had washed her, they laid her in an upstairs room.

38 But Lydda being nigh to Joppa, the disciples hearing that Peter was there sent two men to him requesting, Do not delay to come to us.

38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, "Do not delay in coming to us."

38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him who begged him, “Don’t delay in coming with us.”

38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him and begged him, "Come here quickly!"

39 And Peter arose and came with them; and when he had come they led him into the upper room, and all the widows stood by weeping and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made while she was with them.

39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.

39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them.

39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him upstairs. All the widows gathered around Peter, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 And Peter putting them all out knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body he said, Tabitha, arise! And she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter sat up.

40 But Peter sent 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.

40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

40 Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.(AH)

40 Peter made them all go outside. After kneeling down, he prayed, turned to the body, and said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 And giving her his hand he raised her up, and calling the saints and widows presented her living.

41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.

41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

41 He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive.

41 He extended his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the saints, including the widows, and gave her back to them alive.

42 And this was known in all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.

42 It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

42 This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

42 What happened became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

43 And Peter continued many days at Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

43 And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.

43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

43 And Peter stayed on many days in Joppa with Simon,(AI) a leather tanner.(f)

43 Meanwhile, Peter stayed in Joppa for several days with Simon, a leatherworker.

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