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John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:4

And I persecuted this way unto the death ,.... That is, the Christian religion, and the professors of it; whom the apostle breathed out threatenings and slaughter against, haled out of their houses, and committed to prison; consented to their death, as he did to Stephen's; and whenever it was put to the vote, whether they should die or not, he gave his voice against them; so that he was a most bitter enemy, and an implacable persecutor of them; which shows how very averse he was to this way,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:5

As also the high priest doth bear me witness ,.... Either Annas, or Caiaphas, who was at that time high priest; and it should seem by this, that he was still in being; or else that the apostle had preserved his letter, written with his own hand, which he was able to produce at any time, as a testimony of the truth of what he had said, or was about to say; since he speaks of him (as now) bearing him witness, or as one that could: and all the estate of the elders ; the whole Jewish... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:6

And it came to pass, that as I made my journey ,.... And had almost made an end of it: and was come nigh unto Damascus ; about a mile from it, as some say, about noon ; this circumstance is omitted in the account in Acts 9:3 and is mentioned here, not so much to inform what time of day it was, that Saul came to Damascus, as to observe how extraordinary that light must be, which then appeared, as follows: suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me ; and not... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:7

And I fell unto the ground ,.... And so did those that were with him, Acts 26:14 . And heard a voice, saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? See Gill on Acts 9:4 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:8

And I answered, who art thou, Lord ?.... See Gill on Acts 9:5 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:9

And they that were with me saw indeed the light ,.... For it shone about them, as well as Saul: and were afraid ; the Alexandrian copy, the Vulgate Latin, and Syriac versions, have not this clause; but it stands in the Arabic and Ethiopic versions; the suddenness, greatness, and extraordinariness of the light surprised them, for it was even miraculous: but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me : they heard the voice of Saul, but not the voice of Christ; at least they did... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:10

And I said, what shall I do, Lord ?.... See Gill on Acts 9:6 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:11

And when I could not see for the glory of that light ,.... Which was above the brightness of the sun, and so dazzled his eyes, that he could not see his way into the city, some of his company took him by the hand, and led him: and being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came unto Damascus but not with the same view he set out with: he took his journey thither, and pursued it, in order to persecute the saints there; but now he enters into it, to be informed by one of them what... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:12

And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law ,.... The Alexandrian copy, and Vulgate Latin version, read only, "a man according to the law"; one whose walk, life, and conversation, were agreeable to it: a strict observer of the law of Moses, both moral and ceremonial: he not only lived a holy life and conversation, according to the moral law, but he religiously and devoutly attended to the rituals of the ceremonial law; and this part of his character the apostle chose to mention, as... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 22:13

Came unto me ,.... Being at the house of Judas, in that street of Damascus called Straight, Acts 9:11 and stood; at the side of him, or by him, putting his hands on him: and said unto me, brother Saul ; See Gill on Acts 9:17 . receive thy sight , "or look up", and the same hour I looked up upon him ; that is, immediately, directly: for so the phrase, "that same hour", is frequently used by the Jews: the words in Numbers 16:21 "that I may consume them in a moment", are... read more

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