Did the People With Paul Hear a Voice or Not?

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

 

Did those with Saul/Paul at his conversion hear a voice?

 

Acts 9:7

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

 

Acts 22:9

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.


Answer:

   Look at the Greek word for "hear". The word is "akouo"and can mean both "hear a sound" and also "to hear with understanding", depending on it's context in the sentence. Translations other than the KJV translate the Greek word "akouo" as "understand" which removes the supposed contradiction. The KJV word hear is still right given the context of the word hear. It can mean to audibly hear a sound as well as to understand something.

 

This is no different than this passage

 

John 12:28-29

Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

 

I would say the people with Paul heard something as noted in Acts 9:7, (a voice or a sound), but did not understand it, as it shows in Acts 22:9. No contradiction!

 

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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