9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

Other Translations of Acts 22:9

King James Version

9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

English Standard Version

9 Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understandOr hear with understanding the voice of the one who was speaking to me.

The Message

9 My companions saw the light, but they didn't hear the conversation.

New King James Version

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.

New Living Translation

9 The people with me saw the light but didn't understand the voice speaking to me.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Acts 22:9

Commentary on Acts 22:1-11

(Read Acts 22:1-11)

The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in the customary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates the history of his early life very particularly; he notices that his conversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinners are struck blind as Paul was, not by darkness, but by light. They are for a time brought to be at a loss within themselves, but it is in order to their being enlightened. A simple relation of the Lord's dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing, to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a right spirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression that laboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proof of the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in the apostle.