Acts 9:3
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.

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

New King James Version
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.

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

NASB 1995
As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

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

Amplified Bible
As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ];

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

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

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:

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,

Contemporary English Version
When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.

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.

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:

Good News Translation
As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed around him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Saul was coming near the city of 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.

Literal Standard Version
And in the going, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly there shone around him a light from Heaven,

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

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

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Road to Damascus
2and requested 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. 3 As 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 his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 22:6
And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

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

a light.

Psalm 104:2
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

1 Timothy 6:16
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Revelation 21:23
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.









(3) And as he journeyed.--The route by which the persecutor and his companions travelled was probably that taken by the Roman road, which extended from Jerusalem to Neapolis (Sychar, or Shechem), thence to Scythopolis, and so by the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Caesarea Philippi, and thence under the slopes of Hermon, to Damascus. On this supposition Saul would traverse the chief scenes of our Lord's ministry, and be stirred to madness by the progress which the new sect had made in the cities of Samaria. It is, however, possible that he may have taken the road by the Jordan valley by which Galilean pilgrims sometimes travelled in order to avoid Samaria; but the former was beyond all question the most direct and best frequented road.

He came near Damascus.--The city has the interest of being one of the oldest in the world. It appears in the history of Abraham (Genesis 14:15; Genesis 15:2), and was, traditionally, the scene of the murder of Abel. David placed his garrisons there (2Samuel 8:6; 1Chronicles 18:6), and, under Rezon, it resisted the power of Solomon (1Kings 11:24). Its fair streams, Abana and Pharpar, were, in the eyes of the Syrian leper, better than all the waters of Israel (2Kings 5:12). It was the centre of the Syrian kingdom in its alliances and wars with those of Israel and Judah (2Kings 14:28; 2Kings 16:9-10; Amos 1:3; Amos 1:5). Its trade with Tyre in wares, and wine of Helbon, and white wool is noted by Ezekiel (Acts 27:16; Acts 27:18). It had been taken by Parmenion for Alexander the Great, and again by Pompeius. It was the birth-place of Nicolaos of Damascus, the historian and rhetorician who is conspicuous as the counsellor of Herod the Great (Jos. Ant. xii. 3, ? 2; xvi. 2, ? 2). At a later period it was the residence of the Ommiyad caliphs, and the centre of the world of Islam. The beauty of its site, the river which the Greeks knew as Chrysorrhoas, the "Golden Stream," its abounding fertility, the gardens of roses, made it, as Lamartine has said, a "predestined capital." Such was the scene which met the bodily eye of the fanatic persecutor. The historian does not care to dwell on its description, and hastens to that which met his inward gaze. Assuming the journey to have been continuous, the approach to Damascus would come on the seventh or eighth day after leaving Jerusalem. . . .

Verse 3. - It came to pass that he drew nigh unto for he came near, A.V.; shone for shined, A.V.; out of for from, A.V. and T.R.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[As]
ἐγένετο (egeneto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

[Saul]
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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.

drew near
ἐγγίζειν (engizein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1448: Trans: I bring near; intrans: I come near, approach. From eggus; to make near, i.e. approach.

to Damascus
Δαμασκῷ (Damaskō)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1154: Damascus. Of Hebrew origin; Damascus, a city of Syria.

on
Ἐν (En)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

his journey,
πορεύεσθαι (poreuesthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 4198: To travel, journey, go, die.

suddenly
ἐξαίφνης (exaiphnēs)
Adverb
Strong's 1810: Suddenly, unexpectedly. From ek and the base of aiphnidios; of a sudden.

a light
φῶς (phōs)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

heaven
οὐρανοῦ (ouranou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

flashed around
περιήστραψεν (periēstrapsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4015: To flash (gleam) around like lightning. From peri and astrapto; to flash all around, i.e. Envelop in light.

him.
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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.


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