Acts 9:18
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;

Berean Study Bible
At that instant, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and his sight was restored. He got up and was baptized,

Berean Literal Bible
And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. And having risen up, he 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized.

Good News Translation
At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up 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,

New Heart English Bible
Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose 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.

New American Standard 1977
And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he arose 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,
Study Bible
Ananias Baptizes Saul
17So Ananias went to the house, and when he arrived, he placed his hands on Saul. “Brother Saul,” he said, “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.” 18At that instant, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and his sight was restored. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength. And he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.…
Cross References
Acts 9:8
Saul 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.

Acts 9:17
So Ananias went to the house, and when he arrived, he placed his hands on Saul. "Brother Saul," he said, "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. And he spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

Acts 22:13
came and stood beside me. 'Brother Saul,' he said, 'receive your sight.' And at that moment I could 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 remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

and was.

Acts 2:38,41
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…

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

Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.







Lexicon
At that instant,
εὐθέως (eutheōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2112: Immediately, soon, at once. Adverb from euthus; directly, i.e. At once or soon.

[something] like
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

scales
λεπίδες (lepides)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3013: A scale, a scaly substance thrown off from the body. From lepo; a flake.

fell
ἀπέπεσαν (apepesan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 634: To fall away (from), fall off. From apo and pipto; to fall off.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

[Saul’s]
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

eyes,
ὀφθαλμῶν (ophthalmōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3788: The eye; fig: the mind's eye. From optanomai; the eye; by implication, vision; figuratively, envy.

and
τε (te)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 5037: And, both. A primary particle of connection or addition; both or also.

his sight was restored.
ἀνέβλεψέν (aneblepsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 308: To look up, recover my sight. From ana and blepo; to look up; by implication, to recover sight.

He got up
ἀναστὰς (anastas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 450: To raise up, set up; I rise from among (the) dead; I arise, appear. From ana and histemi; to stand up.

[and] was baptized,
ἐβαπτίσθη (ebaptisthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 907: Lit: I dip, submerge, but specifically of ceremonial dipping; I baptize.
(18) There fell from his eyes as it had been scales.--The description suggests the thought that the blindness was caused by an incrustation, caused by acute inflammation, covering the pupil of the eye, or closing up the eye-lids, analogous to the "whiteness," that peeled (or scaled) off from the eyes of Tobit (Tobit 11:13). Like phenomena are mentioned by Hippocrates, and the care with which St. Luke records the fact in this instance, may be noted, with Acts 3:7; Acts 28:8, as one of the examples of the technical precision of his calling as a physician.

Arose, and was baptised.--It is clear that both Saul and Ananias looked on this as the indispensable condition for admission into the visible society of the kingdom of God. No visions and revelations of the Lord, no intensity of personal conversion, exempted him from it. For him, too, that was the "washing of regeneration" (Titus 3:5), the moment of the new birth, of being buried with Christ (Romans 6:3-4). It may be inferred almost as a matter of certainty that it was at the hands of Ananias that he received baptism. The baptism would probably be administered in one or other of the rivers which the history of Naaman had made famous, and so the waters of "Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus" (2Kings 5:12), were now sanctified no less than those of Jordan for the "mystical washing away of sin."

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. 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.
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