26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples,
but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles.
He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord
and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how
in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.
28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely
in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
29 He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him.
30 When the brothers learned of this, they took him
down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace.
It was strengthened, and encouraged by the Holy Spirit,
it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.