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Acts 22:17

    Acts 22:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And it came to pass, that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And it came about that when I had come back to Jerusalem, while I was at prayer in the Temple, my senses became more than naturally clear,

    Webster's Revision

    And it came to pass, that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance,

    World English Bible

    "It happened that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And it came to pass, that, when I had returned to Jerusalem, and while I prayed in the temple, I fell into a trance,

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 22:17

    When I was come again to Jerusalem - It is likely that he refers to the first journey to Jerusalem, about three years after his conversion, Acts 9:25, Acts 9:26, and Galatians 1:18.

    I was in a trance - This circumstance is not mentioned any where else, unless it be that to which himself refers in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, when he conceived himself transported to the third heaven; and, if the case be the same, the appearance of Jesus Christ to him, and the command given, are circumstances related only in this place.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 22:17

    When I was come again to Jerusalem - That is, three years after his conversion. See Galatians 1:17-18.

    While I prayed in the temple - Paul, like other converts to Christianity from among the Jews, would naturally continue to offer his devotions in the temple. We meet with repeated instances of their continuing to comply with the customs of the Jewish people.

    I was in a trance - Greek: ecstasy. See the notes on Acts 10:10. It is possible that he may here refer to what he elsewhere mentions 2 Corinthians 12:1-5 as "visions and revelations of the Lord." In that place he mentions his being "caught up to the third heaven" 2 Corinthians 12:2 and "into paradise," where he heard words which it was "not lawful (marg. possible) for a man to utter," 2 Corinthians 12:4. It is not certain, however, that he alludes in this place to that remarkable occurrence. The narrative would rather imply that the Lord Jesus appeared to him in the temple in a remarkable manner, in a vision, and gave him a special command to go to the Gentiles. Paul had now stated the evidence of his conversion, which appears to have been satisfactory to them - at least they made no objection to his statement; he had shown, by his being in the temple, his respect for their institutions; and he now proceeds to show that in his other conduct he had been directed by the same high authority by which he had been called into the ministry, and that the command had been given to him in their own temple and in their own city.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 22:17

    22:17 When I was returned to Jerusalem - From Damascus, and was praying in the temple - Whereby he shows that he still paid the temple its due honour, as the house of prayer. I was in a trance - Perhaps he might continue standing all the while, so that any who were near him would hardly discern it.