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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Acts 9:1-21 in the King James and Alternate with Word Pictures and Reiterations Versions

Acts 9:1-21   

[In the Year of our LORD / A.D.  33
3 years after the 

30 A.D. Death - Burial - Resurrection - Ascension of Jesus Christ             

-- Brianroy   ] 

King James Version (KJV)
Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR)
          Translators Comments in Green

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,    (KJV)

1)   Then Saul, 
      upon (his) in breathing  
 [upon the completion of his breathing out into 
  the faces or immediate presence 
  of those he verbally lashed out at,
  the inference being that it was 
  a literal in their faces intimidation 
  so that many recipients likely often felt 
  and / or smelled his breath as he almost nose to nose
  and face to face arguing and breathing out ]
       into the disciples - learners - pupils of the LORD
       threats and murder (by the sword / executions),
       having come up alongside next to the High Priest,
 [Note:  This chapter is 3 years after the resurrection and the activity of Pentecost.  It is uncertain if it is more than 2 years after the stoning and death of Stephen, as we have no sure marker between Pentecost of 30 A.D. and this event, but only generalities which govern that Stephen's death which Paul attended, was likely many months after Acts chapter 2.  Paul in Galatians 1:18 and 2:1 lays out a time-line along with other events whereby we can say with much certainty his Damascus experience was indeed in A.D. 33.

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.   

2)   and petitioned - asked (as an inferior to a superior)

      [asked humbly and politely, by inference]     

      from him epistles - letters  (of authority)  
      into Damascus,
      up alongside with the Synagogues,
      in what manner if he found any being in "The Way",
      both men and women,
      binding (them)  he may 
      bring - carry - remove (them) into Jerusalem.

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:  

3)   Then, in passing through (from one place to another),
       it came into being (that as) he approached - came near
       to Damascus,
      out of an unexpected suddeness at once, 
      light from the heavens emitting forth like lightning,
      shining and flashing around him 

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?    (KJV)

4)   and falling down (from above)
      upon the Earth.

      He heard a voice sounding forth,
      laying down definite words, saying to him,
            'Saul, Saul.  Why Me you     pursue after  - persecute?'

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.    (KJV)

5)   The he said, 
               'Who are you, LORD?'

      And the LORD said - And YHVeH said, 
               'I am Yeshua - Jesus,
                whom you     pursue after - persecute.

                (It is) Hard, dried up and stiff
                 up alongside with puncturing pointed goads 
                 for you to kick with the heel.'

[When Jesus convicted Paul a few miles outside Damascus in Kaukab (Archaeology, Nov/Dec 1996,  “The World of Paul” by Neil Asher Silberman, pp.32, 33), He told Paul -- who was then called “Saul” -- that He was like Satan coming against Job, on the outside of the Tabernacle, kicking against the briars, trying to get in (Acts 9:4-5) Job also lived in Syria, whose lands included an area in or around Saul’s destination of Damascus. 
End-note 34.]

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.    (KJV)

6)    And trembling, both from fright with dread 
        and astonishment with admiration, he said,
                'LORD, what do you 
                 wish - will - purpose - intend - have in mind
                 for me to do?'

        And the LORD up alongside with him (said),
             'Rise up (from laying down),
              and come enter in  into the city,
              and it shall be told you at random what you need to do.'

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

7)    Then the men traveling together with him in the Way
        had been standing as set in place, speechless and mute;
        indeed hearing intently the Voice

        [of Jesus - of Yeshua - of the LORD],

        then carefully gazing with interest,
        (but) beholding no one.

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.   

8)    Then Saul     was set upright / was risen
        from the Earth.

        Then the eyes of him having been opened,
         he was able to see       no one - not even one.

         Then leading him by the hand,
         they led and brought him to Damascus.

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.   (KJV)

9)    And he was 3 days not being able to see;
        and certainly did not eat nor drink.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.   

10)   The was a certain disciple - learner - pupil in Damascus:
         by name, Ananias.

         And the LORD said up alongside with him in a
         visual spectacle - supernatural appearance / vision,
         Then he said,
               'Behold, look and see!  (Here am) I, LORD!' 

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,    (KJV)

11)    Then the LORD said up alongside with him,
              'Rising and standing again,
               pass and and go (walk) through upon the  street,
               the (one) being called 'Eutheian' -  'Straight (and Level);'
               and seek - look for - strive to find in (the) House of Judah,
               Saul by name, a Tarsian.

               For behold, look and see:  he is praying,

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.    (KJV)

12)         And has seen - been made aware or acquainted with
              in a  visual spectacle - supernatural appearance / vision,
              a man, by name Ananias,
              entering and coming in
              and putting - laying - setting - placing upon him
              a hand in what manner so that
              he may see and look again.'

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:     (KJV)

13)   Answering discreetly, then Ananias (said),
              'LORD, I have intently listened and heard from many
               around about this man,
               how much - how great - how many
               vicious - evil - wicked - hurtful - injurious conduct
               he did - made - caused - produced - brought about
               to the    holy - set apart (ones) - saints     of You
               in Jerusalem.

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.    (KJV)

14)         And    in this place / in this city / here
               he  has - holds -possesses
               permission - authority (to do or not do)
               near to that of the high priests - chief priests
               to bind - fasten   all the (ones) calling upon the Name of You.'

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:   

15)    Then the LORD said up alongside with him,
                'Go pass through - Go walk through
                 (from here to there),  because 
                  a (hollow) vessel / an instrument / a (ship's) mast
                  of [free-will]  choice  - chosen selection
                  is this one to Me,
                  to take up and hold - to bear and carry
                  the Name of Me
                  in the face of - in the presence of - before
                  ethnic nations and kings,
                  but also (the) Sons of Israel:

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.   

16)            Because I will show under (his view,  exhibiting)
                 how much - how great
                 he must inevitably and necessarily
                 suffer by experience
                 over - for the sake of  - on behalf of
                 the Name of Me.

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.   (KJV)

17)    Then Ananias departed - went away,
          and came and entered into the House.

          And putting - laying - placing - setting
          upon him the hands, said,
                'Brother, the LORD has sent me forth.
                 Jesus - Yeshua,
                 He appearing and being seen to you
                 in the Way - road - highway
                 which you came (forth by),
                 so that you may see and look up again,
                 and be filled of (the) Holy Spirit. 

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.    (KJV)

18)   And straightway - immediately - at once
        fell off from - fell away from
        from the eyes of him    as if scales.

        He both again looked and saw instantly at that very moment,
        and rising up and standing forth
        was fully immersed (in water) - baptized.

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.     (KJV)

19)  And taking food,  strengthened - invigorated - was made strong.
        Saul was then in the midst of  the Damascus disciples
        some certain days.

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.    (KJV)

20)   And straightway - immediately - at once,
         in the Synagogues,
         he publicly announced - heralded - (loudly and boldly) proclaimed
         the Christ, that this (person) is the Son of GOD.

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?     (KJV)

21)    Then were standing out (as though beside themselves)
          in amazement
          all those hearing and listening intently;
          and laid down definite words, said,
               'Is this (person) certainly not the (one)
                ravaging - destroying   in Jerusalem
                those calling upon this Name?'
               'He had come forth publicly so as to make an appearance
                here in this place,  into this  [Synagogue]
                in order that   binding - fastening them,
                he may bring - lead - carry - remove forth
                to the chief priests.'

Disclaimer:  The Alternate Word Pictures with Reiterations (AWPR) translation, translation mine, should be used as a Bible Study Aid only, and it is recommended that a direct literal translation or the King James Bible be used for regular and ecclesiastical purposes, and that the AWPR be used in association only as a Bible study aid so as to help the reader / user in their Bible Studying to clarify context and Scriptural Intent, and to get the full context and understanding into the English from out of the ancient Greek in which this New Testament passage was first written.    Thanks.  -- Brianroy

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