Acts 9:7
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New International Version
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.

New Living Translation
The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone's voice but saw no one!

English Standard Version
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

Berean Study Bible
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the voice but did not see anyone.

Berean Literal Bible
And the men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice indeed, but seeing no one.

New American Standard Bible
The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

King James Bible
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one.

International Standard Version
Meanwhile, the men who were traveling with Saul were standing speechless, for they heard the voice but didn't see anyone.

NET Bible
(Now the men who were traveling with him stood there speechless, because they heard the voice but saw no one.)

New Heart English Bible
The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the men who were traveling with him on the road were standing amazed because they were hearing the sound only, but The Man was not visible to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Meanwhile, the men traveling with him were speechless. They heard the voice but didn't see anyone.

New American Standard 1977
And the men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but seeing no one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing indeed the voice, but seeing no one.

King James 2000 Bible
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

American King James Version
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

American Standard Version
And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no man.

Darby Bible Translation
But the men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but beholding no one.

English Revised Version
And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Weymouth New Testament
Meanwhile the men who travelled with Saul were standing dumb with amazement, hearing a sound, but seeing no one.

World English Bible
The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one.

Young's Literal Translation
And the men who are journeying with him stood speechless, hearing indeed the voice but seeing no one,
Study Bible
The Road to Damascus
6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless. They heard the voice but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could not see a thing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.…
Cross References
Daniel 10:7
Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves.

John 12:29
The crowd standing there heard it and said it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to Him.

Acts 22:9
My companions saw the light, but they could not understand the voice of the One speaking to me.

Acts 26:14
We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice say 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 the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Acts 22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; …

Acts 26:13,14 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the …

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

Matthew 24:40,41 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left…

(7) Hearing a voice, but seeing no man.--We are told by St. Paul himself (Acts 22:9) that they "did not hear the voice." What is meant is clearly that they did not hear the words--could attach no meaning to the sounds which for Saul himself had so profound a significance. So, in like manner, they saw the light, but did not see the form. In Acts 26:14, they also are said to have fallen on the ground in terror.

Verse 7. - That journeyed for which journeyed, A.V. ; the voice for a voice, A.V. ; beholding for seeing, A.V. Speechless; ἐννεοί (or rather ἐνεοί) is found nowhere else in the New Testament, but is not uncommon in the LXX. (e.g. Isaiah 56:10) and in classical Greek. Here it means speechless from terror, struck dumb. The description here given by St. Luke seems to be contradictory in two particulars to St. Paul's own account in Acts 22:9 and Acts 26:14. For St. Paul's companions are said here to have "stood speechless;" but in Acts 26:14 they were "all fallen to the earth." Here they "hear the voice," but in Acts 22:9 they "heard not the voice of him that spake." It is obvious, however, that in such descriptions all depends upon the particular moment of the transaction described which happens to be uppermost in the mind of the speaker or writer at the time, and the particular purpose in relation to which he is giving the description. Thus at one moment the spectators might be standing dumfounded, and at the next they might be prostrate on the ground, or vice versa. Either description of their attitude would be a true one, though not true with regard to the same moment. Again, if the purpose of the speaker was to affirm that the whole company were conscious of both the vision and the sound of a voice speaking, but that only Saul saw the Divine Speaker, the description "hearing the voice, but beholding no man" would be the natural one. Whereas, if the purpose was to express that Saul alone heard the words spoken to him by the Lord, the description of his companions," They saw indeed the light... but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me," would be equally natural. And the men which journeyed with him,.... Out of respect to him, to keep him company; or rather to assist him in his designs:

stood speechless: astonished and amazed, they had not power to speak one word, nor to rise from the ground, and move one step forward; they were as if they were thunderstruck, and fastened to the earth; for this standing is not opposed to their being fallen to the earth, but to their going forward, and only expresses the surprise and stupidity that had seized them:

hearing a voice, but seeing no man; that is, they heard the voice of Saul, saying, who art thou? and what wilt thou have me to do? but saw nobody that he spoke to, which surprised them; for it is certain they did not hear the voice of Christ, that spake to him, Acts 22:9 or if they heard the voice of Christ, it was only the sound of his voice, but did not understand what he said; but the former seems rather to be the sense, and the best way of reconciling the two passages. 7. the men … stood speechless—This may mean merely that they remained so; but if the standing posture be intended, we have only to suppose that though at first they "all fell to the earth" (Ac 26:14), they arose of their own accord while Saul yet lay prostrate.

hearing a—rather "the"

voice—Paul himself says, "they heard not the voice of Him that spake to me" (Ac 22:9). But just as "the people that stood by heard" the voice that saluted our Lord with recorded words of consolation and assurance, and yet heard not the articulate words, but thought "it thundered" or that some "angel spake to Him" (Joh 12:28, 29)—so these men heard the voice that spake to Saul, but heard not the articulate words. Apparent discrepancies like these, in the different narratives of the same scene in one and the same book of Acts, furnish the strongest confirmation both of the facts themselves and of the book which records them.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.
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