6 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’
8 So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid,but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
10 So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’
11 And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.
This is Paul’s personal account of his conversion which was earlier given in Luke’s words in Acts 9:3-8.
great light (v.6) — brighter than the sun (Acts 26:13) — evident especially as it was noon
heard not the voice (v.9) — Acts 9:7 says that Paul’s companions heard the voice.
Paul heard a voice speaking to him in definite and articulate words; whereas those who traveled with him only heard the sound of a voice but caught no words. This appears from the difference in the Greek construction used in Acts 9:7, and accounts for the statement of Acts 22:9. — Walker, page 207.
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