Acts 9:3
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New International Version
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

New Living Translation
As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.

English Standard Version
Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.

Berean Study Bible
As Saul drew near to Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Berean Literal Bible
Now in proceeding, it came to pass as he draws near to Damascus, suddenly also a light from heaven flashed around him.

New American Standard Bible
As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

King James Bible
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

International Standard Version
As Saul traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

NET Bible
As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he was going, he began to approach Darmsuq; suddenly there was light from the Heavens shining upon him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as he proceeded, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shone round about him a light from heaven;

King James 2000 Bible
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

American King James Version
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

American Standard Version
And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.

Darby Bible Translation
But as he was journeying, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus; and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven,

English Revised Version
And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven:

Webster's Bible Translation
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined around him a light from heaven:

Weymouth New Testament
But on the journey, as he was getting near Damascus, suddenly there flashed round him a light from Heaven;

World English Bible
As he traveled, it happened that he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around him.

Young's Literal Translation
And in the going, he came nigh to Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from the heaven,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:1-9 So ill informed was Saul, that he thought he ought to do all he could against the name of Christ, and that he did God service thereby; he seemed to breathe in this as in his element. Let us not despair of renewing grace for the conversion of the greatest sinners, nor let such despair of the pardoning mercy of God for the greatest sin. It is a signal token of Divine favour, if God, by the inward working of his grace, or the outward events of his providence, stops us from prosecuting or executing sinful purposes. Saul saw that Just One, ch. 22:14; 26:13. How near to us is the unseen world! It is but for God to draw aside the veil, and objects are presented to the view, compared with which, whatever is most admired on earth is mean and contemptible. Saul submitted without reserve, desirous to know what the Lord Jesus would have him to do. Christ's discoveries of himself to poor souls are humbling; they lay them very low, in mean thoughts of themselves. For three days Saul took no food, and it pleased God to leave him for that time without relief. His sins were now set in order before him; he was in the dark concerning his own spiritual state, and wounded in spirit for sin. When a sinner is brought to a proper sense of his own state and conduct, he will cast himself wholly on the mercy of the Saviour, asking what he would have him to do. God will direct the humbled sinner, and though he does not often bring transgressors to joy and peace in believing, without sorrows and distress of conscience, under which the soul is deeply engaged as to eternal things, yet happy are those who sow in tears, for they shall reap in joy.
Study Bible
The Road to Damascus
2to ask for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As Saul drew near to Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”…
Cross References
Acts 9:27
Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and described how Saul had seen the Lord, who spoke to him on the road to Damascus, and how Saul had spoken boldly in that city in the name of Jesus.

Acts 22:6
About noon as I was approaching Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.

Acts 26:12
In this pursuit, I was on my way to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you yourselves not my workmanship in the Lord?

1 Corinthians 15:8
And last of all He appeared to me also, as to one of untimely birth.
Treasury of Scripture

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

as.

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting …

Acts 22:6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come near …

Acts 26:12,13 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from …

1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

a light.

Psalm 104:2 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

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