Get up on your feet! (Acts 26:16)

“Get up!

Stand on your feet!

I have appeared

To you

For this purpose.

I appoint you

To serve

And testify

To the things

That you have seen

And to those

That would appear to you.”

ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι καὶ στῆθι ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας σου· εἰς τοῦτο γὰρ ὤφθην σοι, προχειρίσασθαί σε ὑπηρέτην καὶ μάρτυρα ὧν τε εἶδές με ὧν τε ὀφθήσομαί σοι,

The author of Acts indicated Paul said that the Lord Jesus told him to rise up (ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι) and stand (καὶ στῆθι) upon his own feet (ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας σου).  The Lord said that he had appeared to him (γὰρ ὤφθην σοι) for a specific purpose (εἰς τοῦτο).  He has appointed him (προχειρίσασθαί σε) a servant (ὑπηρέτην) and a witness (καὶ μάρτυρα) to the things in which he had seen (ὧν τε εἶδές με) and that would appear to him (ὧν τε ὀφθήσομαί σοι).  Paul presented his conversion as slightly different than in the two previous descriptions of his conversion.  Up to now the three conversion stories was substantially the same.  However, here there is no mention of the city of Damascus or someone like Ananias or the disciples to tell him what to do.  Paul got his mission directly from the Lord Jesus here.  No intermediaries were necessary.  Acts chapter 9:10-19, indicated that Jesus said to Saul to get up (ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι).  He was to enter (καὶ εἴσελθε) the city (εἰς τὴν πόλιν), where he would be told (καὶ λαληθήσεταί) what he was supposed to do (ὅ τί σε δεῖ ποιεῖν).  Acts, chapter 22:12-16, was somewhat similar to this, but Paul explicitly mentioned the city of Damascus instead of the vague “the city”.  The Lord said to him (ὁ δὲ Κύριος εἶπεν πρός με), to get up (Ἀναστὰς) and go into Damascus (πορεύου εἰς Δαμασκόν).  There he would be told (κἀκεῖ σοι λαληθήσεται) all that was appointed (περὶ πάντων ὧν τέτακταί) for him to do (σοι ποιῆσαι).  There was no mention of Ananias or Damascus in this conversion story here.  He got his instructions directly from this vision of the Lord Jesus, according to this version.  Do you sometimes tell a story differently?

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