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9:1 And Saul.(original
name and later changed to Paul, who became a great
in the years after Christ's
ascension), yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples.(what's
a disciple?).of the Lord,
went unto the high priest,
9:2 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.
9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus. And suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven.
9:4 And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecute me?
9:5 And he said Are you the Lord? And the Lord said I am Emmanuel
whom you persecute. It is hard for you to kick against the pricks..(?)
9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what would you have
me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the city and it
shall be told thee what you must do.
9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man.
9:8 And Saul arose from the earth and when his eyes were opened.(Barnes
naturally closed them at the appearance of the light and in his fright
kept them closed for some time."),
he saw no man. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
22:11 it is expressly said that his 'blindness' was caused by the intense
light, that is, the light being so bright to him that he now had
to hold onto the others while he was walking. Those with him did not see
this light, but Paul, when he would open his eyes, found it still too bright
to walk on his own.
9:9 And he was three days without sight and neither did eat nor drink.
9:10 And there was a certain disciple
at Damascus, named Ananias.(some
other Ananias is also mentioned:.Acts
5:1-11).and to him said
the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
word vision in this verse is number 3708 in Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance; the word gives prominence
to the physical side receding,
as occurs when one meditates; 3708
general, as resulting principally from vision, the prominence being
in the mental.element..Barnes
Notes: the word 'vision' commonly means that future events were
made to pass in review before the mind; how?
9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the street which
is called Straight and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul
of Tarsus, for behold,
9:12 And having seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and
putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man,
how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.
9:14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that
call on your name.
9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go your way. For he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles
and kings and the children of Israel.
9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer
for my name's sake.
9:17 And Ananias went his way and entered into the house and putting
his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Emmanuel, that appeared
unto you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your
sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales.
And he received sight forthwith and arose and was baptized.
9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he
is the Son of God.
9:21 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?
a hurtful persecutor.
9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews
which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
9:23,24 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
to kill him but their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched
the gates day and night to kill him.
9:25 Then the disciples took him by night and let him down by the wall
in a basket.
9:26 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.
9:27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and Paul
declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way.(verses
3-8 above).and that he had spoken
to him and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in
the name of Emmanuel.
9:28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
9:29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Emmanuel and disputed.(original
is 'to examine and question together').against
the Grecians. But they went about to slay him.
9:30 Which when the brethren knew they brought him down to Caesarea
and sent him forth to Tarsus.
9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and
and were edified
and walking in the fear of the
Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost,
9:32 And it came to pass as Peter passed throughout all quarters he
came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
9:33-35 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas which had kept
his bed eight years and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto
him, Aeneas, Emmanuel the Christ maketh thee whole. Arise and make thy
bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw
him and turned to the Lord.
9:36-39 Now there was at Joppa
a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas.
This woman was full of good works
and alms deeds which
she did. 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. 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. 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 showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she
was with them.
9:40 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.
9:41 And he gave her his hand and lifted her up and when he had called
the saints and widows, presented her alive.
9:42,43 And it was known throughout all Joppa and many believed in
the Lord. And it came to pass, that he tarried
many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.