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Acts 9:5

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

Acts 9:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 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.
ESV
5 And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
NLT
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
MSG
5 He said, "Who are you, Master?" "I am Jesus, the One you're hunting down.
CSB
5 "Who are You, Lord?" he said. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," He replied.

Acts 9:5 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 9:5

And he said, who art thou, Lord?
&c.] For he knew not whether it was God, or an angel, or who it was that spake to him; he knew not Christ by his form or voice, as Stephen did, when he saw him standing at the right hand of God; he was in a state of ignorance, and knew neither the person, nor voice of Christ, and yet his heart was so far softened and wrought upon, that he was desirous of knowing who he was;

and the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.
The Alexandrian copy, and the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, "read Jesus of Nazareth"; and one of Beza's copies, and another of Stephens', as in ( Acts 22:8 ) whose name thou art doing many things against, and whose people thou art destroying:

it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks;
or "to resist me", as the Arabic version renders it; and which is the sense of the phrase; it is a proverbial expression, taken from beasts that are goaded, who kick against the goads or pricks, and hurt themselves the more thereby; and Christ uses it, suggesting hereby, that should Saul go on to persecute him and his people, to oppose his Gospel, and the strong evidence of it, in doctrine and miracles, and notwithstanding the present remonstrances made in such an extraordinary manner; he would find himself in the issue greatly hurt by it, and could not rationally expect to succeed against so powerful a person. This clause in the Syriac version is placed at the end of the fourth verse.

Acts 9:5 In-Context

3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.