Acts 22:9
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New International Version
My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

New Living Translation
The people with me saw the light but didn't understand the voice speaking to me.

English Standard Version
Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

Berean Study Bible
My companions saw the light, but they could not understand the voice of the One speaking to me.

Berean Literal Bible
And those being with me indeed beheld the light, but they did not hear the voice of the One speaking to me.

New American Standard Bible
"And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.

King James Bible
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now those who were with me saw the light, but they did not hear the voice of the One who was speaking to me."

International Standard Version
The men who were with me saw the light but didn't understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

NET Bible
Those who were with me saw the light, but did not understand the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

New Heart English Bible
"Those who were with me indeed saw the light, and were afraid, but they did not understand the voice of him who spoke to me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And the men who were with me saw the light, but they did not hear the voice which was speaking to me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The men who were with me saw the light but didn't understand what the person who was speaking to me said.

New American Standard 1977
“And those who were with me beheld the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And those that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of him that spoke to me.

King James 2000 Bible
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.

American King James Version
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.

American Standard Version
And they that were with me beheld indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that were with me, saw indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spoke with me.

Darby Bible Translation
But they that were with me beheld the light, [and were filled with fear], but heard not the voice of him that was speaking to me.

English Revised Version
And they that were with me beheld indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.

Weymouth New Testament
"Now the men who were with me, though they saw the light, did not hear the words of Him who spoke to me.

World English Bible
"Those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they didn't understand the voice of him who spoke to me.

Young's Literal Translation
and they who are with me the light did see, and became afraid, and the voice they heard not of him who is speaking to me --
Study Bible
Paul's Defense to the Crowd
8‘Who are You, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied. 9My companions saw the light, but they could not understand the voice of the One speaking to me. 10Then I asked, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ ‘Get up and go into Damascus,’ He told me. ‘There you will be told all that you have been appointed to do.’…
Cross References
Acts 9:7
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the voice but did not see anyone.

Acts 26:13
About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions.
Treasury of Scripture

And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me.

saw.

Acts 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a …

Daniel 10:7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me …

but.

John 12:29,30 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: …

(9) They heard not the voice . . .--i.e., they did not hear it as a voice uttering articulate words. It was for them as though it thundered. (See Notes on Acts 9:7, and John 12:29.)

Verse 9. - Beheld for saw, A.V. Beheld indeed the light [and were afraid, A.V.]. This corresponds with the statement in Acts 9:7, that the men who journeyed with Saul "stood speechless." They were dazzled and amazed at the sudden brightness. But they heard not the voice. This at first sight seems inconsistent with the statement in Acts 9:7, "hearing the voice." But the apparent inconsistency disappears when we observe that here St. Paul wished to impress upon his hearers that, though his companions had seen the light, they had not heard the words which were addressed to him by the Lord Jesus (see ver. 14); whereas St. Luke, in the narrative in Acts 9, wished rather to insist upon the fact that though the men had seen the light and heard the sound of the voice, they had not seen Jesus. To see and hear the risen Christ was a privilege given to St. Paul alone. And they that were with me saw indeed the light,.... For it shone about them, as well as Saul:

and were afraid; the Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, and Syriac versions, have not this clause; but it stands in the Arabic and Ethiopic versions; the suddenness, greatness, and extraordinariness of the light surprised them, for it was even miraculous:

but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me: they heard the voice of Saul, but not the voice of Christ; at least they did not hear it so as to understand it; See Gill on Acts 9:7. 9-11. they that were with me—(See on [2096]Ac 9:7, etc.)22:1-11 The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in the customary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates the history of his early life very particularly; he notices that his conversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinners are struck blind as Paul was, not by darkness, but by light. They are for a time brought to be at a loss within themselves, but it is in order to their being enlightened. A simple relation of the Lord's dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing, to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a right spirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression that laboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proof of the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in the apostle.
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