Acts 9 :4

Acts 9 :4 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?

American King James Version (AKJV)

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?

American Standard Version (ASV)

and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Basic English Translation (BBE)

And he went down on the earth, and a voice said to him, Saul, Saul, why are you attacking me so cruelly?

Webster's Revision

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

World English Bible

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

English Revised Version (ERV)

and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Definitions for Acts 9 :4

Clarke's Commentary on Acts 9 :4

And he fell to the earth - Being struck down with the lightning: many persons suppose he was on horseback, and painters thus represent him; but this is utterly without foundation. Painters are, in almost every case, wretched commentators.

Barnes's Commentary on Acts 9 :4

And he fell to the earth - He was astonished and overcome by the sudden flash of light. There is a remarkable similarity between what occurred here, and what is recorded of Daniel in regard to the visions which he saw, Daniel 8:17. Also Daniel 10:8, "Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision; and there remained no strength in me, for my comeliness (vigor) was turned into corruption, and I retained no strength." The effect was such as to overpower the body.

And heard a voice - The whole company heard a voice Acts 9:7, but did not distinguish it as addressed particularly to Saul. He heard it speaking to himself.

Saying unto him ... - This shows that it was not thunder, as many have supposed. It was a distinct articulation or utterance, addressing him by name.

Saul, Saul - A mode of address that is emphatic. The repetition of the name would fix his attention. Thus, Jesus addresses Martha Luke 10:41, and Simon Luke 22:31, and Jerusalem Matthew 23:37.

Why - For what reason. Jesus had done him no injury; had given him no provocation. All the opposition of sinners to the Lord Jesus and his church is without cause. See the notes on John 15:25, "They hated me without a cause."

Persecutest - See the notes on Matthew 5:11.

Thou me? - Christ and his people are one, John 15:1-6. To persecute them, therefore, was to persecute him, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 25:45.

Wesley's Commentary on Acts 9 :4

9:4 He heard a voice - Severe, yet full of grace.
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