Acts 9:9
New International Version
For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

New Living Translation
He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.

English Standard Version
And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Berean Study Bible
For three days he was without sight, and he did not eat or drink anything.

Berean Literal Bible
And he was three days without seeing, and neither did he eat nor drink.

King James Bible
And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

New King James Version
And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

New American Standard Bible
And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

NASB 1995
And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

NASB 1977
And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Amplified Bible
And he was unable to see for three days, and he neither ate nor drank.

Christian Standard Bible
He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink.

American Standard Version
And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he could see nothing for three days, and he did not eat or drink.

Contemporary English Version
and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink.

English Revised Version
And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

Good News Translation
For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink anything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For three days he couldn't see and didn't eat or drink.

International Standard Version
For three days he couldn't see, and he didn't eat or drink anything.

Literal Standard Version
and he was three days without seeing, and he neither ate nor drank.

NET Bible
For three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything.

New Heart English Bible
He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank.

Weymouth New Testament
And for two days he remained without sight, and did not eat or drink anything.

World English Bible
He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank.

Young's Literal Translation
and he was three days without seeing, and he did neither eat nor drink.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Road to Damascus
8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could not see a thing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was without sight, and he did not eat or drink anything. 10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord,” he answered.…

Cross References
Acts 9:8
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could not see a thing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.

Acts 9:10
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Here I am, Lord," he answered.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Acts 9:11,12
And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, …

2 Chronicles 33:12,13,18,19
And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, …

Esther 4:16
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.









(9) He was three days without sight.--It is natural to think of this period of seclusion from the visible world as one of spiritual communion with the invisible, and we can hardly be wrong in referring the visions and revelations of the Lord, the soaring as to the third heaven, and the Paradise of God, of which he speaks fourteen or fifteen years later, to this period. (See Notes on 2Corinthians 12:1-4.) The conditions of outward life were suspended, and he lived as one fallen into a trance--in the ecstacy of an apocalyptic rapture. (Comp. the analogous phenomena in Ezekiel 8:1-4.)

Verse 9. - Did neither for neither did, A.V. The same reason, we may venture to think, which caused the interposition of three days' blindness between Saul's conversion and his baptism, led Saul himself to pass those days in a voluntary self-abasement. His sin in persecuting the Church of God and its Divine Head, his guilt in assisting at the death of God's saints, and in rejecting the testimony to Christ's resurrection, had been very great. These three days of blindness and of fasting were therefore a fitting preparation for the grace of forgiveness about to be so freely and fully given to him (1 Timothy 1:12-16). What thoughts must have passed through Saul's mind during those three days! Before passing on, it may be well to observe that it is to this appearance to him of Jesus Christ that St. Paul undoubtedly refers when he says (1 Corinthians 9:1), "Have not I seen Jesus Christ?" and again (1 Corinthians 15:8), "Last of all, he was seen of me also," where he puts this appearance of Jesus to himself on a par with those to Peter and James and the other apostles, which made them competent witnesses of the resurrection of Christ. And so in ver. 17 of this chapter Ananias says, "The Lord Jesus which was seen by thee" (ὁ ὀφθείς σοι); and Barnabas (ver. 27), when he brought Saul to the apostles, related "how he had seen the Lord in the way." And in Acts 22:14 Ananias says, "God hath appointed thee to see the Righteous One." Moreover the description in ver. 7 of Saul's fellow-travelers, that they "saw no man," implies, by contrast, that Saul did. The reticence of both St. Paul and St. Luke as to what he saw, and what was the appearance of the Lord Jesus, seems to arise from profound reverence and awe, such as St. Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 12:4. It may be also worth remarking how this appearance of Christ was deferred till he was quite close to Damascus, according to one tradition only a quarter of a mile from the gates, but according to Porter, whom Farrar and Lewin follow, at a distance of about ten miles, at a village called Caueab. So the intervention of the angel by which Isaac's life was spared was not till Abraham had the knife in his hand to slay his son; and Peter's prison doors were opened not till the very night before he was to have been brought forth to death. Faith and patience are thus strengthened, and God's intervention is more marked. There is not the slightest trace in the narrative of what the fancy of many has suggested, that Saul's uneasy conscience was wrought up into a paroxysm as he approached Damascus, and so prepared the way for the vision of Christ. Even Canon Farrar's eloquent description of what he supposes to have been the thoughts which agitated Saul's mind on his eventful journey seems hardly to rest on any solid base (see 'Life of St. Paul,'vol. 1. Acts 10.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[For]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

three
τρεῖς (treis)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 5140: Three. Or neuter tria a primary number; 'three'.

days
ἡμέρας (hēmeras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

he was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

without
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

sight,
βλέπων (blepōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he did not eat
ἔφαγεν (ephagen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5315: A primary verb; to eat.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

drink [anything].
ἔπιεν (epien)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4095: To drink, imbibe. A prolonged form of pio, which poo occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses; to imbibe.


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