Saul was blind (Acts 9:8)

“Saul got up

From the ground.

Although his eyes

Were opened,

He could see nothing.


They led him

By the hand.

They brought him

Into Damascus.”

ἠγέρθη δὲ Σαῦλος ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, ἀνεῳγμένων δὲ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ οὐδὲν ἔβλεπεν· χειραγωγοῦντες δὲ αὐτὸν εἰσήγαγον εἰς Δαμασκόν.

The author of Acts indicated that Saul (δὲ Σαῦλος) got up (ἠγέρθη) from the ground (ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς).  Although his eyes (δὲ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτοῦ) were opened (ἀνεῳγμένων), he could not see anything or he saw nothing (οὐδὲν ἔβλεπεν).  Thus, they led him by the hand ( χειραγωγοῦντες δὲ αὐτὸν).  They brought him (εἰσήγαγον) into Damascus (εἰς Δαμασκόν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word χειραγωγοῦντες, that means to lead by the hand.  In Acts, chapter 22:11, much like here, Paul himself said that he could not see (ὡς δὲ οὐκ ἐνέβλεπον) because of the brightness of that light (ἀπὸ τῆς δόξης τοῦ φωτὸς ἐκείνου).  He was led by the hand (χειραγωγούμενος) by those who were with him (ὑπὸ τῶν συνόντων μοι), until he came into Damascus (ἦλθον εἰς Δαμασκόν).  Saul was blind since he could not see anything, although his eyes were open.  Saul was taken captive by Jesus, since he was led into Damascus with someone leading him there.  There seemed to be a connection between physical blindness and spiritual blindness.  Saul had been spiritually blind, but now he was also physically blind.  However, in Acts, chapter 26:15-18, Saul was not blind.  He simply fell on the ground.  The Lord told him directly, without anybody else involved, that he was to go on a mission to open the eyes of kings, gentiles, and the sons of Israel, so that they might turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.  They would receive the forgiveness of sins and a place among those who were sanctified by faith in Jesus.  This was a truncated version of Saul’s conversion experience.  Here the description is very elaborate.  Do you know anyone who suddenly became blind?

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