19and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. (Ac 9:9; Ac 26:20)20And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” (Ac 9:22)21And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” (Ac 9:13; Ga 1:13; Ga 1:23)22But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. (Ac 9:20; Ac 18:28; 1Ti 1:12)
Saul Escapes from Damascus
23When many days had passed, the Jews
1. The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time
 plotted to kill him, (Ga 1:17)24but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, (Ac 20:3; Ac 20:19; Ac 23:12; Ac 23:30; Ac 25:3; 2Co 11:32)25but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall,
26And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. (Ac 22:17; Ac 26:20)27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. (Ac 4:29; Ac 4:36; Ac 9:3; Ac 9:19; Ac 9:22; Ga 1:18)28So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. (Ac 1:21)29And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists.
1. That is, Greek-speaking Jews
 But they were seeking to kill him. (Ac 6:1; Ac 22:18)30And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. (Joh 21:23; Ac 11:25; Ga 1:21)31So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Ne 5:9; Ac 8:1; Ac 9:35; Ac 9:42; Ac 16:5)
The Healing of Aeneas
32Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. (Ac 8:25)33There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed.34And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. (Ac 3:6)35And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. (1Ch 5:16; 1Ch 27:29; So 2:1; Ac 9:31; Ac 9:42; Ac 11:21; 2Co 3:16)
Dorcas Restored to Life
36Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.
1. The Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas both mean gazelle
 She was full of good works and acts of charity. (Jos 19:46; 1Ti 2:10)37In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. (Ac 1:13; Ac 9:39; Ac 20:8)38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” (Nu 22:16)39So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics
1. Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
 and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. (Ac 9:37)40But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. (Mt 9:25; Mr 5:41; Joh 11:43; Ac 7:60)41And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.42And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. (Joh 11:45; Joh 12:11)43And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. (Ac 10:6)