They did not hear the voice (Acts 22:9)

“Now those who were

With me

Saw the light,

But did not hear

The voice

Of the one

Who was speaking

To me.”

οἱ δὲ σὺν ἐμοὶ ὄντες τὸ μὲν φῶς ἐθεάσαντο, τὴν δὲ φωνὴν οὐκ ἤκουσαν τοῦ λαλοῦντός μοι.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that those who were with him (οἱ δὲ σὺν ἐμοὶ ὄντες), saw (ἐθεάσαντο) the light (τὸ μὲν φῶς), but did not hear (οὐκ ἤκουσαν) the voice of the one who was speaking to him (τοῦ λαλοῦντός μοι).  This is just the opposite of Acts, chapter 9:7, where it said that the men (οἱ δὲ ἄνδρες) who were traveling with Saul (οἱ συνοδεύοντες αὐτῷ) stood speechless (εἱστήκεισαν ἐνεοί).  They heard (ἀκούοντες) the voice (μὲν τῆς φωνῆς), but saw no one (μηδένα δὲ θεωροῦντες).  Here it is slightly contradictory.  Paul said that those who were with him saw the light, but did not hear the voice of the one speaking to him.  In the earlier story, they heard the voice, but they saw no one or any special light.  Here they say the light, but heard nothing.  It is not clear whether they heard anything or saw any light.  Maybe they heard some muffled voice or saw some light.  Clearly, those with Paul never got the full picture of what was happening.  Have you ever been confused about an event that happened around you?

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