1 And Saul, yet
breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples
of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
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.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there
shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
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
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.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing
a voice, but seeing no man.
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
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor
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.
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,
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.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this
man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind
all that call on thy name.
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:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my
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.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then
was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that
he is the Son of God.
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?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the
Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel
to kill him:
24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched
the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by
the wall in a basket.
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.
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.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed
against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea,
and sent him forth to Tarsus.
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.
32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters,
he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had
kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned
to the Lord.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he
had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed
in the Lord.
43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with
one Simon a tanner.
1 There was a certain
man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called
the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,
which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day
an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is
it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are
come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the
sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed,
he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier
of them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent
them to Joppa.
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh
unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto
him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners,
and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth,
and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any
thing that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What
God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which
he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him,
Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him
from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what
is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one
that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of
the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee
into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow
Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius
waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down
at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that
were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful
thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto
one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should
not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as
I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this
hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold,
a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms
are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname
is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by
the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well
done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present
before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness,
is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching
peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout
all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that
were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the
land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged
on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of
God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose
from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name
whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on
all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.