Acts 9:5
New International Version
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

New Living Translation
“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!

English Standard Version
And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Berean Study Bible
“Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.

Berean Literal Bible
And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

King James Bible
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

New King James Version
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

New American Standard Bible
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

NASB 1995
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

NASB 1977
And he said, “Who art Thou, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

Amplified Bible
And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

Christian Standard Bible
“Who are you, Lord? ” Saul said. “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who are You, Lord?” he said. “I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,” He replied.

American Standard Version
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he'said , I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He answered and said, “Who are you my lord?” And our Lord said, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, Yeshua the Nazarene, He whom you are persecuting.”

Contemporary English Version
"Who are you?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus," the Lord answered. "I am the one you are so cruel to.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

English Revised Version
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:

Good News Translation
"Who are you, Lord?" he asked. "I am Jesus, whom you persecute," the voice said.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul asked, "Who are you, sir?" The person replied, "I'm Jesus, the one you're persecuting.

International Standard Version
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice said, "I'm Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Literal Standard Version
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And the LORD said, “I am Jesus whom you persecute; [[hard for you to kick at the goads”;

NET Bible
So he said, "Who are you, Lord?" He replied, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting!

New Heart English Bible
And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Weymouth New Testament
"Who art thou, Lord?" he asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," was the reply.

World English Bible
He said, "Who are you, Lord?" The Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Young's Literal Translation
And he said, 'Who art thou, Lord?' and the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom thou dost persecute; hard for thee at the pricks to kick;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Road to Damascus
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. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”…

Cross References
Acts 9:4
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?"

Acts 9:6
"Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Acts 10:14
"No, Lord!" Peter answered. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean."

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

Philippians 3:12
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.


Treasury of Scripture

And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.

Who.

1 Samuel 3:4-10
That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I…

1 Timothy 1:13
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

I am.

Acts 26:9
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

it is.

Acts 5:39
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Deuteronomy 32:15
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?









(5) Who art thou, Lord?--The word "Lord" could not as yet have been used in all the fulness of its meaning. As in many cases in the Gospels, it was the natural utterance of respect and awe (John 5:7; John 9:36; John 20:15), such as would be roused by what the persecutor saw and heard.

I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.--Some of the best MSS. give "Jesus of Nazareth"; or better, perhaps, Jesus the Nazarene. It is probable, however, that this was inserted from Acts 22:18, where it occurs in St. Paul's own narrative. Assuming the words to have been those which he actually heard, they reproduced the very Name which he himself, as the chief accuser of Stephen, had probably uttered in the tone of scorn and hatred (Acts 6:14)--the very Name which he had been compelling men and women to blaspheme. Now it was revealed to him, or to use his own suggestive mode of speech, "in him" (Galatians 1:16), that the Crucified One was in very deed, as the words of Stephen had attested, at the right hand of God, sharing in the glory of the Father. The pronouns are both emphatic, "I, in my Love and Might and Glory, I am the Jesus whom thou, now prostrate and full of dread, hast been bold enough to persecute." It was not the disciples and brethren alone whom Saul was persecuting. What was done to them the Lord counted as done unto Himself (Matthew 10:40). . . .

Verse 5. - He for the Lord, A.V. and T.R. The rest of ver. 5 in the A.V., "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" and the first part of ver. 6, "And he trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him," are omitted in the R.T. They have, in fact, no manuscript authority (Meyer; Alford); and not much patristic authority, or from versions, and are omitted by all modern editors. They seem to be taken from the parallel narratives in Acts 22:8-10; Acts 26:14. The proverb, "It is hard," etc., is only found in Acts 26:14 (where see note).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
“Who
Τίς (Tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

are You,
εἶ (ei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Lord?”
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

[Saul] asked.
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“I
Ἐγώ (Egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

am
εἰμι (eimi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Jesus,
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

whom
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

you
σὺ (sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

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

[He replied].
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.


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