Acts 9:18
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New International Version
Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

New Living Translation
Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

English Standard Version
And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized;

New American Standard Bible
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

King James Bible
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.

International Standard Version
All at once something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

NET Bible
Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And immediately, some things that were like scales fell from his eyes and his eyes were opened, and he arose and he was baptized.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Immediately, something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. Then Saul stood up and was baptized.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight immediately and arose and was baptized.

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight, and arose, and was baptized.

American King James Version
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight immediately, and arose, and was baptized.

American Standard Version
And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized.

Darby Bible Translation
And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he saw, and rising up was baptised;

English Revised Version
And straightway there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized;

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Weymouth New Testament
Instantly there dropped from his eyes what seemed to be scales, and he could see once more. Upon this he rose and received baptism;

World English Bible
Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose and was baptized.

Young's Literal Translation
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, he saw again also presently, and having risen, was baptized,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:10-22 A good work was begun in Saul, when he was brought to Christ's feet with those words, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And never did Christ leave any who were brought to that. Behold, the proud Pharisee, the unmerciful oppressor, the daring blasphemer, prayeth! And thus it is even now, and with the proud infidel, or the abandoned sinner. What happy tidings are these to all who understand the nature and power of prayer, of such prayer as the humbled sinner presents for the blessings of free salvation! Now he began to pray after another manner than he had done; before, he said his prayers, now, he prayed them. Regenerating grace sets people on praying; you may as well find a living man without breath, as a living Christian without prayer. Yet even eminent disciples, like Ananias, sometimes stagger at the commands of the Lord. But it is the Lord's glory to surpass our scanty expectations, and show that those are vessels of his mercy whom we are apt to consider as objects of his vengeance. The teaching of the Holy Spirit takes away the scales of ignorance and pride from the understanding; then the sinner becomes a new creature, and endeavours to recommend the anointed Saviour, the Son of God, to his former companions.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Straightway for immediately, A.V.; as it were for as it had been, A.V.; received his sight for received sight forthwith, A.V. and T.R.; he arose for arose, A.V. As it were scales (λεπίδες); scales, or flakes; any thin substance which peals off; a frequent term in Greek medical writers. And was baptized. It is a curious difference between St. Paul and the other apostles that, if they were baptized at all, which is doubtful, they must have been baptized by Christ himself; whereas St. Paul received his baptism at the hands of Ananias. This is one mark of his being "born out of due time." And yet he was not behind the very chiefest apostles.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And immediately there fell from his eyes, as it had been scales,.... Which were little thin skins or films, like the scales of fishes, which were formed from the defluxions that fell from his brain, through the excessive light that shone around him, and the surprise he was thrown into by it: these, as soon as Ananias put his hands upon him, dropped off; which were an emblem and representation of the scales of ignorance, of himself, of sin, of righteousness, of the law, of the Gospel, and of Jesus as the Messiah; and of unbelief in him, and of pride, malice, and envy, and of superstition and bigotry, and of error and false doctrine, which, upon his being enlightened by the Spirit of God, fell from him:

and he received sight forthwith; his corporeal sight, which was an emblem of that spiritual sight he had also received: the word "forthwith", or "immediately", is not in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, but seems necessary; and indeed, if it was not expressed, it would be understood; for as soon as the scales fell from his eyes, he must receive his sight: the Ethiopic version places it after the word "baptized", in the next clause:

and arose, and was baptized; that is, after Ananias had appointed it to him, as his duty, had pressed him to it, and called upon him to submit to it without delay, Acts 22:16 And this shows that baptism was performed by immersion; for had it been done in any other way, either by pouring or sprinkling a little water, Saul might have kept his seat, and water might have been brought to him, and so the ordinance might have been performed; but he arose and went, either to a bath that might be in Judas's house, fit for such a purpose; for the Jews had their baths to bathe their whole bodies in on certain occasions; or he went to some certain place of water without doors, convenient for the administration of baptism, where it was administered by Ananias unto him. And this also may suggest to us, that only enlightened persons are the proper objects of this ordinance; such as have the scales of darkness, ignorance, and unbelief removed from them, and have a spiritual sight and sense of divine things: hence the ancients used to call baptism by the name of "illumination", and baptized persons "enlightened" ones.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. there fell from his eyes as it were scales—"This shows that the blindness as well as the cure was supernatural. Substances like scales would not form naturally in so short a time" [Webster and Wilkinson]. And the medical precision of Luke's language here is to be noted.

was baptized—as directed by Ananias (Ac 22:16).

Acts 9:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ananias Baptizes Saul
17So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus,
Cross References
Acts 9:8
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

Acts 9:17
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Acts 9:19
and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Acts 22:13
He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him.

Acts 22:16
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'
Treasury of Scripture

And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight immediately, and arose, and was baptized.

immediately.

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

and was.

Acts 2:38,41 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 13:12,13,37,38 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished …

Acts 22:16 And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your …

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