Saul, the Chosen Vessel - Acts 9

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and  slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the  high priest, 

Acts 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. 

Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near  Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a  light from heaven: 

Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard  a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou  me? 

Acts 9:5 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. 

Acts 9:6 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. 

Acts 9:7 And the men  which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a  voice, but seeing no man. 

Acts 9:8 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.  


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

Acts 9:10 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. 

Acts 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, he prayeth,  

Acts 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias  coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might  receive his sight. 

Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I  have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath  done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 

Acts 9:14 And here he hath  authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy  name. 

Acts 9:15 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: 

Acts 9:16 For I  will shew him how great things he must suffer for my  name’s sake. 

Acts 9:17 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. 

Acts 9:18  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been  scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was  baptized. 

Acts 9:19 And when he had received meat, he was  strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples  which were at Damascus. 

Acts 9:20 And straightway he  preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of  God. 

Acts 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? 

Acts 9:22 But Saul  increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews  which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.   

Acts 9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews  took counsel to kill him: 

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was  known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to  kill him. 

Acts 9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and  let him down by the wall in a basket. 

Acts 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. 

Acts 9:27 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. 

Acts 9:28 And he was with  them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. 

Acts 9:29 And he  spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed  against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.  

Acts 9:30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him  down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. 

Acts 9:31  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.  

Acts 9:32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all  quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at  Lydda. 

Acts 9:33 And there he found a certain man named  Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of  the palsy. 

Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus  Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he  arose immediately. 

Acts 9:35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and  Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. 

Acts 9:36 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. 

Acts 9:37 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.  

Acts 9:38 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. 

Acts 9:39 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. 

Acts 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. 

Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and  lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows,  presented her alive. 

Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout  all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 

Acts 9:43 And it  came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one  Simon a tanner.