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CHAPTER VI.

THE EARLY CHRISTIAN LIFE OF SAUL.

$19. THE CONVERSION OF SAUL.. ACTS 9: 1-192. [Acts 22:5-16.] | [Acts 26 : 12–18.]

1 But Saul, yet 5 As also the high priest breathing threatening doth bear me witness, and slaughter against and all the estate of the disciples of the the elders : from whom Lord, went unto the also I received letters high priest, 2 and asked unto the brethren, and of him letters to Da- | journeyed to Damasmascus unto the syna- cus, to bring them also gogues, that if he found which were there unto any that were of the Jerusalem in bonds, for Way, whether men or to be punished. 6 And women, he might bring it came to pass, that, them bound to Jeru- as I made my journey, 12 1 Whereupon as I salem. 3 And as he and drew nigh unto journeyed to Damascus journeyed, it came to Damascus, about noon, with the authority and pass that he drew nigh suddenly there shone commission of the chief unto Damascus: and from heaven a great priests, 13 at midday, suddenly there shone light round about me. O king, I saw on the round about him a light 7 And I fell unto the way a light from heaven, out of heaven: 4 and ground, and heard a above the brightness of he fell upon the earth, voice saying unto me, the sun, shining round and heard a voice say- Saul, Saul, why per-| about me and them ing unto him, Saul, secutest thou me? | that journeyed with me.

10r, on which errand

& I Cor. 9:1. Am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus our Lord?

a I Cor. 15: 8. And last of all, as unto one born out of due time, he appeared to me also.

a Gal. 1:15-17. But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, even from my mother's womb, and called me through his grace, 16 to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood; 17 neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me: but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned unto Damascus.

a Phil. 3:7-11. Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowle e of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things. and do count them but dung, that I may gain Christ, 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; II if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.

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Acts 9.
[Acts 22.]

[Acts 26.] Saul, why persecutest 8 And I answered, 14 And when we were thou me? 5 And he Who art thou, Lord? all fallen to the earth, said, Who art thou, And he said unto me, I heard a voice saying Lord ? And he said, I am Jesus of Nazareth, unto me in the Hebrew I am Jesus whom thou whom thou persecutest. language, Saul, Saul, persecutest: 6 but rise, 9 And they that were why persecutest thou and enter into the city, with me beheld indeed me? it is hard for thee and it shall be told thee the light, but they heard to kick against 3 the what thou must do. not the voice of him goad. 15 And I said, 7 And the men that that spake to me. Who art thou, Lord? journeyed with him 10 And I said, What And the Lord said, I stood speechless, hear-shall I do, Lord? And am Jesus whom thou ing the l voice, but the Lord said unto me, persecutest. 16 But beholding no man. Arise, and go into Da- arise, and stand upon 8 And Saul arose from mascus; and there it thy feet: for to this the earth; and when shall be told thee of end have I appeared his eyes were opened, all things which are unto thee, to appoint he saw nothing; and appointed for thee to thee a minister and a they led him by the do. II And when I witness both of the hand, and brought him could not see for the things 4 wherein thou into Damascus. 9 And glory of that light, hast seen me, and of he was three days with- being led by the hand the things wherein I out sight, and did of them that were with will appear unto thee; neither eat nor drink. me, I came into Da- 17 delivering thee from mascus.

the people, and from

the Gentiles, unto [Paragraph continued below.] whom I send thee,

18 to open their eyes, 5 that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by

faith in me. 10 Now there was a

12 And one certain disciple at Da- Ananias, a devout man mascus, named Ana- according to the law, nias; and the Lord well reported of by all said unto him in a vis- the Jews that dwelt ion, Ananias. And he there, 13 came unto me, said, Behold, I am and standing by me here, Lord. II And said unto me, Brother the Lord said unto Saul, receive thy sight. him, Arise, and go to And in that very hour the street which is I 2 looked up on him.

10r, sound 2 Or, received my sight and looked upon him 3 Gr. goads. 4 Many ancient authorities read which thou hast seen. 5 Or, to turn them

Acts 9.

[Acts 22.] called Straight, and in- 14 And he said, The quire in the house of God of our fathers hath Judas for one named appointed thee to know Saul, a man of Tarsus : his will, and to see the for behold, he prayeth; Righteous One, and to 12 and he hath seen a hear a voice from his man named Ananias mouth. 15 For thou coming in, and laying shalt be a witness for his hands on him, that him unto all men of he might receive his what thou hast seen sight. 13 But Ananias and heard. 16 And answered, Lord, I have now why tarriest thou? heard from many of arise, and be baptized, this man, how much and wash away thy evil he did to thy saints sins, calling on his at Jerusalem: 14 and name. here he hath authority from the chief priests [Paragraph continued in $21.) to bind all that call upon thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a 1 chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 for I will shew him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake. 17 And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.

1 Gr. vessel of election.

$21.]

SAUL IN JERUSALEM, SYRIA, AND CILICIA.

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$20. THE THREE YEARS IN DAMASCUS AND ARABIA. Acts 9 : 196–25.

[Gal. 1 : 176, 182.] And he was certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 20 And straightway in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God. 21 And all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that in Jerusalem made havock of them which called on this name ? and he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them bound before the chief priests. 22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which

this is the Christ.

But I went away into Arabia; and

again I returned unto Damascus. 23 And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill him : 24 but their plot became known to Saul. bAnd they watched the gates also day and night that they might kill him : 25 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

[18 Then after, three years I | went up to Jerusalem ...]

$21. SAUL IN JERUSALEM, SYRIA, AND CILICIA. Acts 9 : 26–31. [ACTS 22 : 17-21.] / [GAL. 1: 18-24.]

26 And when he was 17 And it came to 18 Then after three come to Jerusalem, he pass, that, when I had years I went up to assayed to join himself returned to Jerusalem, Jerusalem to visit to the disciples : and and while I prayed in Cephas, and tarried they were all afraid of the temple, I fell into a | with him fifteen days.

1 Or, become acquainted with

& Acts 26 : 19, 20. Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 but declared both to them of Damascus first ... that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

b2 Cor. II: 32, 33. In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, in order to take me: 33 and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.

Acts 9.
[Acts 22.]

[Gal. 1.] him, not believing that trance, 18 and saw him 19 But other of the he was a disciple. 27 saying unto me, Make apostles saw I none, But Barnabas took him, haste, and get thee 4 save James the Lord's and brought him to the quickly out of Jerusa- brother. 20 Now touchapostles, and declared lem: because they will ing the things which I unto them how he had not receive of thee tes- write unto you, behold, seen the Lord in the timony concerning me. before God, I lie not. way, and that he had 19 And I said, Lord, 21 Then I came into the spoken to him, and how they themselves know regions of Syria and at Damascus he had that I imprisoned and Cilicia. 22 And I was preached boldly in the beat in every syna- still unknown by face name of Jesus. 28 a And gogue them that be- unto the churches of he was with them going lieved on thee: 20 Judæa which were in in and going out at and when the blood of Christ: 23 but they only Jerusalem, 29 preach- Stephen thy witness heard say, He that ing boldly in the name was shed, I also was once persecuted us now of the Lord : and he standing by, and con- preacheth the faith of spake and disputed senting, and keeping which he once made against the Grecian the garments of them havock; 24 and they Jews; but they went that slew him. 21 And glorified God in me. about to kill him. 30 he said unto me, DeAnd when the brethren part: for I will send knew it, they brought thee forth far hence him down to Cæsarea, unto the Gentiles. and sent him forth to Tarsus.

31 So the church throughout all Judæa and Galilee and Samaria had peace, being 2 edified; and, walking 8 in the fear of the Lord and 3 in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, was multiplied.

Gr. Hellenists. 2 Gr. builded up. 8 Or, by *Or, but only

a Acts 26: 19, 20. Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision : 20 but declared both to them of Damascus first, and at Jerusalem, ... that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

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