Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



AM I not a freeman? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not you my work in the Lord?

and last of all he appeared to me also, as one born out of due time.

And I thank our Lord Jesus Christ who has empowered me [to preach,] that he accounted me faithful, putting me in the ministry, who formerly was a blasphemer and persecutor and an injurious man; but I obtained mercy because I did those things ignorantly in unbelief;

For you heard of my conduct formerly in Judaism, that I greatly persecuted the church of God and destroyed it;

And he was going and had come nigh to Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven, and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me? And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute. read more.
But arise and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do. And the men travelling with him stood amazed, hearing indeed the voice, but beholding no one. 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. And he was three days without sight, and neither eat nor drank. 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. 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, and has seen a man by the name of Ananias coming and putting a hand on him, that he might receive his sight. And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem; and here he has power from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name. 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; for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name. 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. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight, and rising up was baptized, and having received food was strengthened. And he was with the disciples at Damascus some days; and immediately in the synagogues he preached Jesus, that this is the Son of God. 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? But Saul increased in power and confounded the Jews living at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

and I persecuted this way to death, binding and committing to prison both men and women, as the chief priest also bears me witness, and all the eldership, from whom also receiving letters to the brothers I went to Damascus, to bring those who were there bound to Jerusalem to be punished. And when I was on the way and had come nigh to Damascus, about noon suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me, read more.
and I fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? And I answered, Who are you, Lord? And he said to me, I am Jesus the Nazoraean, whom you persecute. And those that were with me saw the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me. And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me, Arise, and go to Damascus, and there it shall be told you of all things which are appointed for you to do. And when I could not see from the brightness of that light, being led by the hand by those with me, I came to Damascus. And a certain Ananias, a man [living] according to the law, approved by all the Jews living [there], coming and standing by, said to me, Brother Saul, Receive your sight. And in that hour I looked upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers chose you to know his will, and to see the Righteous One, and hear the voice of his mouth, for you shall be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now, why do you delay? Arising, baptize and wash away your sins, calling on his name. And when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I was in a trance, and saw him [Christ], saying to me, Hasten and depart immediately from Jerusalem, for they will not receive your testimony of me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in the synagogues those who believed on you;

I indeed thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus the Nazoraean, which I also did at Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were killed I gave my vote against them. And punishing them often in all the synagogues, I compelled them to blaspheme, and being exceedingly mad against them, I pursued them even to cities abroad. read more.
In which [persecutions] also, going to Damascus with authority, and a commission from the chief priests, at midday I saw in the way O king, a light from heaven shining around me and those going with me, exceeding the brightness of the sun; and when we had all fallen on the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? it is hard for you to kick against the goads. And I said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute.


BUT Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the chief priest 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. And he was going and had come nigh to Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven, read more.
and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me? And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute. But arise and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do. And the men travelling with him stood amazed, hearing indeed the voice, but beholding no one. 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. And he was three days without sight, and neither eat nor drank. 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. 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, and has seen a man by the name of Ananias coming and putting a hand on him, that he might receive his sight. And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem; and here he has power from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name. 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; for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name. 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. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight, and rising up was baptized, and having received food was strengthened. And he was with the disciples at Damascus some days; and immediately in the synagogues he preached Jesus, that this is the Son of God. 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? But Saul increased in power and confounded the Jews living at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. And when some days had passed, the Jews took counsel to kill him; and their design was made known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him; but the disciples took him by night and sent him away by the wall, letting him down in a store-basket. And going to Jerusalem he endeavored to join the disciples; and they all feared him, not believing that he was a disciple. 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. And he was with them, entering in and going out at Jerusalem, and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord; and he spoke and disputed with the Hellenists; and they undertook to kill him; but the brothers knowing it led him away to Caesarea and sent him to Tarsus. 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.