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Falling to the ground, he heard a booming voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”[a]

5–7 The men accompanying Saul were stunned and speechless, for they heard a heavenly voice but could see no one.

Saul replied, “Who are you, Lord?”

“I am Jesus, the Victorious,[b] the one you are persecuting.[c] Now, get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you are to do.”

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  1. Acts 9:4 To persecute the church is to persecute Jesus. He is one with his beloved church. See Zech. 2:8.
  2. Acts 9:5 As translated from the Aramaic, which uses the word scion. Although scion is often translated “branch” (Nazarene), it can also be mean “victorious” or “heir of a mighty family.”
  3. Acts 9:5 The Aramaic adds a line here that can be translated “Is it hard for you to rear up against a scorpion’s stinger” (or goads)?
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