Acts 9:4
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?”

Berean Study Bible
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”

Berean Literal Bible
And having fallen on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, "Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?"

Good News Translation
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute 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?"

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

New American Standard 1977
and he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying 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?'
Study Bible
The Road to Damascus
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?” 5“Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.…
Cross References
Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? 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 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 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: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

Numbers 16:45
Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

John 18:6
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Saul.

Genesis 3:9
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Genesis 16:8
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

Genesis 22:11
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

why.

Acts 22:7,8
And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? …

Acts 26:14,15
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks…

Isaiah 63:9
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.







Lexicon
He fell
πεσὼν (pesōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4098: A reduplicated and contracted form of peto; probably akin to petomai through the idea of alighting; to fall.

to
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ground
γῆν (gēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1093: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.

[and] heard
ἤκουσεν (ēkousen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

a voice
φωνὴν (phōnēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5456: Probably akin to phaino through the idea of disclosure; a tone; by implication, an address, saying or language.

say
λέγουσαν (legousan)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

to him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 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.

“Saul,
Σαοὺλ (Saoul)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4549: Of Hebrew origin; Saul, the Jewish name of Paul.

Saul,
Σαούλ (Saoul)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4549: Of Hebrew origin; Saul, the Jewish name of Paul.

why
τί (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

do you persecute
διώκεις (diōkeis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1377: To pursue, hence: I persecute. A prolonged form of a primary verb dio; to pursue; by implication, to persecute.

Me?”
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(4) Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?--It is remarkable that here only, in the original Greek, and in Acts 9:17, as in the reproduction of the words in Acts 22:27; Acts 26:14, do we find the Hebrew form of the Benjamite name. It is as though he, who gloried in being above all things a Hebrew of the Hebrews, heard himself claimed as such by Him who spoke from heaven, called as Samuel had been called of old (1Samuel 3:4-8), and having to decide whether he would resist to the end, or yield, saying with Samuel, "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth." The narrative implies that the persecutor saw the form of the Son of Man as well as heard His voice, and to that visible presence the Apostle afterwards refers as a witness to him of the Resurrection (1Corinthians 9:1; 1Corinthians 15:8). If we ask as to the manner of the appearance, it is natural to think of it as being such as had met the gaze of Stephen. The martyr's words, "I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God" (Acts 7:56), had then seemed to the fiery zeal of the Pharisee as those of a blasphemer. Now he too saw the Son of Man in the glory of the Father stretching forth His hand, not now, as He then had done, to receive the servant who was faithful even unto death, but, in answer to that servant's dying prayer, to transform the persecutor into the likeness of his victim.

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). 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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