Acts 9:4
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New International Version
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

New Living Translation
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"

English Standard Version
And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

New American Standard Bible
and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

King James Bible
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?""

International Standard Version
He dropped to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"

NET Bible
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he fell upon the ground and he heard a voice which said to him: “Shaul, Shaul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
and falling to the earth, he heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?

King James 2000 Bible
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?

American King James Version
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?

American Standard Version
and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Darby Bible Translation
and falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?

English Revised Version
and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Weymouth New Testament
and falling to the ground he heard a voice which said to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

World English Bible
He fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

Young's Literal Translation
and having fallen upon the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why me dost thou persecute?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Fell upon, for fell to, A.V. Some, as Lord Lytlelton and Lewin ('Life of St. Paul,' vol. 1. p. 48), from the expressions, "fell to the ground," "fell to the earth," infer that Saul was "himself mounted, and his followers some mounted and some on foot." And Farrar also, far other reasons, supposes that Saul and his companions rode horses or mules. The journey, he says, was nearly a hundred and fifty miles, and the roads rough, bad, and steep; and Saul was traveling as the legate or the high priest. Still it is strange that no one expression should point distinctly to the party being on horseback, which "falling to the earth," or "ground," certainly do not. While, on the other hand, the phrases, "Arise," "stood speechless," "led him by the hand," seem rather to point to his being on foot. Lunge well compares the double invocation, Saul, Saul! with those similar ones, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Samuel, Samuel!" "Jerusalem, Jerusalem!" "Simon, Simon!" (Genesis 22:11; 1 Samuel 3:10; Matthew 23:27; Luke 22:31).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he fell to the earth,.... Not being able to bear the light, and still less the divine glory and majesty which he perceived was present; and therefore, in great confusion, amazement, and fear, he fell with his face to the ground, and lay there prostrate and so did also those that were with him, Acts 26:14

and heard a voice, saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? this voice was the real voice of Christ in his human nature, and who visibly and in person appeared, and was seen by the apostle; Acts 26:16 the language he spoke in was the Hebrew tongue, and he calls him by his Hebrew name Saul, and which is doubled to denote vehemency and affection; See Gill on Luke 22:31 he knew him as one of his sheep, though straying, and calls him by name, and expostulates with him, wherefore he should persecute him in his members as he did; for the union between Christ and his people is so close, that what is done to them is done to him. There seems to be a considerable emphasis on the word "me"; "me", who have been they surety from everlasting; "me", who hath loved thee and given myself for thee; "me", who have shed my blood, laid down my life, and died for thee; "me", who am now at my Father's right hand, interceding for thee, that grace might be bestowed upon thee, the set time being now come.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4-6. he fell to the earth—and his companions with him (Ac 26:14), who "saw the light" (Ac 22:9).

and heard a voice saying unto him—"in the Hebrew tongue" (Ac 26:14).

Saul, Saul—a reduplication full of tenderness [De Wette]. Though his name was soon changed into "Paul," we find him, in both his own narratives of the scene, after the lapse of so many years, retaining the original form, as not daring to alter, in the smallest detail, the overpowering words addressed to him.

why persecutest thou me?—No language can express the affecting character of this question, addressed from the right hand of the Majesty on high to an infuriated, persecuting mortal. (See Mt 25:45, and that whole judgment scene).

Acts 9:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Saul's Damascus Road Conversion
3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,…
Cross References
Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Acts 9:5
"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.

Acts 22:7
I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'

Acts 26:14
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'
Treasury of Scripture

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?

he fell.

Acts 5:10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: …

Numbers 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them …

John 18:6 As soon then as he had said to them, I am he, they went backward, …

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which …

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

Saul.

Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?

Genesis 16:8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, from where came you? and where …

Genesis 22:11 And the angel of the LORD called to him out of heaven, and said, …

Exodus 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to …

Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are careful …

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, Mary. She turned herself, and said to him, Rabboni; …

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

why.

Acts 22:7,8 And I fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, …

Acts 26:14,15 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking …

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Zechariah 2:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

Matthew 25:40,45 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members …

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

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