Saul, going towards Damascus,
Acts 9:1 And Saul yet brethyng out threatnynges and slaughter agaynst the disciples of the Lorde, wente vnto the hye preste, Acts 9:2 and desyred of hym letters, to cary to Damasco, to the synagoges. that yf he founde any of thys waye, (whyther they were men or wemen) he myght brynge them bounde vnto Ierusalem. Acts 9:3 And when he iornyed, it fortuned that as he was nye to Damasco, sodenly their shyned round about hym a lyght from heauen,
is stricken down to the earth,
Acts 9:4 and he fell to the earth and hearde a voyce, sayinge to him: Saul Saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 9:5 And he sayde: what art thou Lorde? And the Lorde sayd: I am Iesus, whom thou persecutest. It is hard for the to kycke against the pryckes. Acts 9:6 And he both tremblynge, & astonyed sayde: Lorde, what wylt thou haue me to do? And the Lord sayd vnto hym: aryse, and go into the cytie, and it shalbe told the, what thou must do. Acts 9:7 The men which iorneyed with hym, stode amased, hearynge a voyce, but seynge no man. Acts 9:8 And Saul arose from the earth, & when he opened his eyes, he sawe no man. But they led him by the hande, and brought hym into Damasco. Acts 9:9 And he was thre dayes without syght, and nether dyd eate nor dryncke.
is called to the apostleship,
Acts 9:10 And ther was a certen disciple at Damasco, named Ananias, and to him sayd the Lord in a visyon: Ananias? And he sayd: behold, I am here Lorde. Acts 9:11 And the Lorde sayde vnto hym: aryse, and go into the strete (whych is called strayght) and seke in the house of Iudas after one called Saul of Tharsus. For beholde, he prayeth, Acts 9:12 and hath sene in a vision a man named Ananias comyng into him, and puttyng hys handes on hym, that he myght receaue his syght. Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered: Lorde, I haue heard by many of this man how moch euyll he hath done to thy sayntes at Ierusalem: Acts 9:14 & here he hath auctoryte of the hye prestes, to bynde all that call on thy name. Acts 9:15 The Lorde vnto him: go thy waye, for he is a chosen vessel vnto me, to beare my name before þe Gentyls, and kynges, and the chyldren of Israel. Acts 9:16 For I wyll shewe hym, how greate thinges he must suffre for my names sake. Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his waye, and entred into the house, and put hys handes on hym, and sayd: brother Saul, the Lord that apperyd vnto the in þe waye as thou camest, hath sent me, þt thou myghtest receaue thy syght, and be fylled with the holy ghost.
and is baptized by Ananias.
Acts 9:18 And immediatly ther fell from hys eyes as it had bene scales and he receaued syght: and arose, and was baptised, Acts 9:19 and receaued meate and was comforted. Then was Saul a certen dayes with the disciples which were at Damasco.
He preacheth Christ boldly.
Acts 9:20 And straight waye he preached Christ in the Sinagoges, howe that he was the sonne of God, Acts 9:21 but all that heard him, were amased, & sayd: is not this he, that spoyled them which called on this name in Ierusalem, and came hyther for that entent, that he myght bring them bounde vnto the hye prestes? Acts 9:22 But Saul encreased the more in strength, & confounded the Iewes which dwelt at Damasco, affyrminge that this was very Christ.
The Jews lay wait to kill him:
Acts 9:23 And after a good whyle, the Iewes toke councell together, to kill him. Acts 9:24 But their layinge awayte was knowen of Saul. And they watched the gates daye and nyght to kyll him. Acts 9:25 Then þe disciples toke him by night and put hym thorowe the wall, and let hym downe in a basket. Acts 9:26 And when Saul was come to Ierusalem, he assaide to couple him selfe to the disciples: but they were all afrayde of hym, & beleued not þt he was a disciple. Acts 9:27 But Barnabas toke hym, & brought hym to the apostles, & declared to them, howe he had sene the Lorde in the waye, and that he had spoken to him, & how he had done boldely at Damasco in the name of Iesu. Acts 9:28 And he had hys conuersacyon with them at Ierusalem,
so do the Grecians, but he escapeth both.
Acts 9:29 speakynge boldly in the name of the Lorde Iesu. And he spake & disputed agaynst the Grekes: but they wente about to slee hym. Acts 9:30 Which when the brethren knewe, they brought hym to Cesarea, and sent him forth to Tharsus.
The Church having rest, Peter healeth Aeneas of the palsy,
Acts 9:31 Then had the congregacyons rest thorowout all Iewry, and Galile, and Samary, and were edifyed, and walked in the feare of the Lord, and multyplied by the comfort of the holy ghost.
Acts 9:32 And it chaunsed as Peter walked through out all quarters, he cam also to the saynctes, which dwelt at Lydda. Acts 9:33 And there he founde a certen man name Eneas, which had kepte his beed eyght yeares, and was sycke of the palsye. Acts 9:34 And Peter sayde vnto hym: Eneas? The Lord Iesu Christ make the whole: aryse, and make thy beed. And he arose immediatly. Acts 9:35 And all that dwelt at Lidda and Assaron sawe him, and tourned to the Lorde.
and restoreth Tabitha to life.
Acts 9:36 There was at Ioppa a certen woman, a disciple named Tabitha (which by interpretacyon is called Dorcas) the same was full of good workes and almes dedes, which she dyd. Acts 9:37 And it chaunsed in those dayes that she was sycke, & dyed. Whom when they had wesshed, they layd her in a chamber. Acts 9:38 But for as moch as Lydda was nye to Ioppa, and the disciples had heard þt Peter was there, they sent vnto him, desyringe him, that he wolde not be greued to come vnto them. Acts 9:39 Peter arose, & came with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the chamber. And all the widdowes stode round about him, wepynge, and shewyng the coates and garmentes, which Dorcas made, whyle she was with them. Acts 9:40 And Peter put them all forth, and kneled downe, and prayde. and turned him to the body, and sayd: Tabitha, aryse. And she opened her eyes, and when she sawe Peter, she sat vp. Acts 9:41 And he gaue her the hand. and lyft her vp. And whan he had called the saynctes and widdowes, he shewed her alyue. Acts 9:42 And it was knowne thorowout al Ioppa, & many beleued on the Lorde. Acts 9:43 And it fortuned, that he taryed many dayes in Ioppa, with one Simon a tanner.