Daily Scripture Reading
Acts 9:20–35 (CSB)
20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.”u
21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man in Jerusalem who was causing havoc for those who called on this name and came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?”v
22 But Saul grew stronger and kept confounding the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
23 After many days had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plot. So they were watching the gates day and night intending to kill him,w 25 but his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the wall.x
SAUL IN JERUSALEM
26 When he arrived in Jerusalem,y he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, since they did not believe he was a disciple. 27 Barnabas, however, took him and brought him to the apostles and explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had talked to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldlya in the name of Jesus.b 28 Saul was coming and going with them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He conversed and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him.c 30 When the brothers found out, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.d
THE CHURCH’S GROWTH
31 So the churche throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
THE HEALING OF AENEAS
32 As Peter was traveling from place to place, he also came down to the saintsf who lived in Lydda.g 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,”A and immediately he got up.h 35 So all who lived in Lydda and Sharoni saw him and turned to the Lord.
u Mt 4:3; Ac 13:5,14
v Ac 8:3; 9:13–14; Gl 1:13,23
w Ac 20:3,19; 23:12,30; 25:3; 2Co 11:26
x Jos 2:15; 1Sm 19:12; 2Co 11:33
y Ac 22:17; 26:20; Gl 1:17
a Ac 13:46; 14:3; 18:26; 19:8; 26:26; Eph 6:20; 1Th 2:2
b Ac 4:36; 9:3–6,20,22
c Ac 6:1; 2Co 11:26
d Ac 8:40; Gl 1:21
e Mt 16:18; 1Co 14:4; Rv 1:4
f Rm 1:7; Eph 5:3; 6:18
g 1Ch 8:12; Ezr 2:23; Neh 7:37; 11:35
A Or and get ready to eat
h Ac 3:6,16; 4:10
i 1Ch 5:16; 27:29; Sg 2:1; Is 33:9; 35:2; 65:10
Christian Standard Bible (Ac 9:20–35). (2020). Holman Bible Publishers.