And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And when I could not see for the glory of that light.—It is again characteristic of a personal recollection that, while the narrative of Acts 9:8 states only the fact of blindness, St. Paul himself connects it with its cause.Acts 9:3-7.
As I made my journey - As I was on my journey.
About noon - Acts 26:13, "at mid-day." This circumstance is omitted by Luke in his account in Acts 9:Paul mentions it as being the more remarkable since it occurred at mid-day, to show that he was not deluded by any meteoric or natural appearances, which usually occur at night.
The glory of that light - The splendor, the intense brilliancy of the light. See this and its effects explained in the notes on Acts 9:8.I could not see for the glory of that light; the excellency of the object overpowering his sight. It was a strange work of God that enabled St. Stephen to see Christ, who is now so glorious, Acts 7:55. And it will be according to God’s wonderful power, when at the resurrection we shall be enabled to look upon Christ in his greatest glory. Behold the goodness and severity of God upon Paul: severity upon him in striking of him with blindness in his body; but goodness indeed to him, in enlightening, converting, and saving of his soul.
being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came unto Damascus but not with the same view he set out with: he took his journey thither, and pursued it, in order to persecute the saints there; but now he enters into it, to be informed by one of them what he must do for Christ, whom he had persecuted.And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Acts 22:11. οὐκ ἐνέβλεπον, cf. Xen., Mem., iii., 11, 10, here absolute, Grimm-Thayer, sub v.: chap. ix., 8, gives the fact of the blindness, here we have its cause as from St. Paul’s personal reminiscence.—δόξης: Heb. כָּבוֹד cf. 1 Corinthians 15:40, 2 Corinthians 3:7, and Luke 9:31.11. could not see for the glory of that light] This explanation of the reason of the Apostle’s blindness is only given in this place.Verse 11. - When I could not see (comp. Acts 9:8, and note). Them that were with me (τῶν συνόντων μοι). Συνεῖναι occurs only here and Luke 9:18, but is used several times by the LXX. It is very common in medical waters for the accompanying symptoms of a disease.
The cause of his blindness is not stated in ch. 9.
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