The Book of Acts contains three accounts of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus. All of three accounts contradict each other regarding what happened to Paul's fellow travelers.

1. Acts 9:7 says they "stood speechless, hearing the voice..."

2. Acts 22:9 says they "did not hear the voice..."

3. Acts 26:14 says "when we had all fallen to the ground..."

Some translations of the Bible (the New International Version and the New American Standard, for example) try to remove the contradiction in Acts 22:9 by translating the phrase quoted above as "did not understand the voice..." However, the Greek word "akouo" is translated 373 times in the New Testament as "hear," "hears," "hearing" or "heard" and only in Acts 22:9 is it translated as "understand." In fact, it is the same word that is translated as "hearing" in Acts 9:7, quoted above. The word "understand" occurs 52 times in the New Testament, but only in Acts 22:9 is it translated from the Greek word "akouo."

Below is an excellent analysis from " of Paul's 3 contradictory accounts of his alleged encounter with the Messiah:

Inconsistency in Paul's Accounts of Jesus' Appearance To Him 

The Main Contradiction in Paul's Accounts of Jesus' Appearance

Paul claimed Jesus was present on the road to Damascus so that others could hear and see the same light coming from Jesus as Paul saw and heard. Isn’t this the story told in Acts three times that Paul obviously used to persuade others that he was somehow special even if Jesus did not use the word apostle? Is there something in this account that casts doubt on Paul’s story? Yes, and Luke faithfully left it for all to see, even as conservative proponents of Paul concede.

For Paul in one account claims that his companions did not see anyone but heard (Gk. akouo root verb) the voice (Acts 9:7 - see Greek Tab), but in the other account, it is directly contrary: they saw the light but did not hear the voice. (Acts 22:9 ekousin, from akouo.) Same Greek verb. Same form of the sentence. In one version, his companions hear the voice, but in the other version, his companions do not hear the voice.

Roberts, a Baptist scholar who authored a Greek commentary entitled Roberts Word Pictures, concedes the apparent “discrepancy.” However, he says it just goes to show how accurate Luke was trying to be.

“It is one of the evidence is of the genuineness of this report of Paul's speech that Luke did not try to smooth out apparent discrepancies in details between the words of Paul and his own record already in chapter 9.” Roberts Word Pictures Acts 22:9.

But what about this leaving Paul in a flat contradiction?

The inventiveness of the human mind, however, can find ‘loopholes’ to rationalize even a flat contradiction.

Roberts suggests that instead of it being a “flat contradiction” it could be one time it means they heard the voice and in the other account they heard the voice but did not understand what they heard.

“[I]instead of this being a flat contradiction of what Luke says in 9:7 it is natural to take it is being likewise... a distinction between the 'sound' and the separate words spoken.” Roberts Word Pictures Acts 9:7.

This is simply evasion. It is not a "natural" reading, but a forced one. So you will read in the NIV for Acts 22:9 a completely unjustified translation -- "they did not understand the voice...."

The plain truth is the Greek words are identical on the hearing issue. One time they did not hear (Gr. akouo) the voice and the other they did hear (Gk. akouo) the voice. That’s a flat contradiction. Had it meant what Roberts suggests, other words would be used. They simply were not.

No one has ever suggested the reason for this contradiction is an errant manuscript.

 Study Notes

Luke told three versions of Paul’s claimed conversion, and none of the three agree on the details:

Version One:

Acts 9:3-17: "…[Saul] was approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashedaround him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'…The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.…there was a…disciple at Damascus named Ananiaslaid his hands on Saul and said, `Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Editor: Lets further disect the above by adding scripture that was not included above:

15But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My namebefore the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake." 17So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

The above violates the Word of God's instructions: (1) Paul was sent out to the Gentiles - which contradicts the Messiah's mission for which He was sent in addition to His instructions to the 12 legitimate Apostles (2) Ananias is not John the Baptist - who was required by the legitimate Apostles to be baptized by him alone and (3) the practice of baptism was by immersion of water - not just laying on of hands.

Version Two:

Acts 22:6-21: "While I was…approaching Damascus…a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying…Saul,Saul, why are you persecuting me?...those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice…I could not see because of the brightness of the light…those with me…led me to Damascus…Ananias, who was a devout man according to the law and well spoken of by all the Jews living there…said…get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name."


Version Three:

Acts 26:12-18: "…I was traveling to Damascus…I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads…the Lord answered, `I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…get up and stand on your feet…"

Which version should you believe? Saul alone fell to the ground; those with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one; Saul was without sight for three days; Ananias was a disciple who laid hands on Saul to restore his sight and fill him with the Holy Spirit.


Saul alone fell to the ground; Those with him saw the light but did not hear the voice; No mention of three days without sight or food; Ananias was "a devout man according to the Law and liked by the Jews."


Everyone fell to the ground; the voice spoke in the Hebrew Language; no blindness, no Ananias, no baptism, no restoration of sight, no “filled by the Holy Spirit”!

Problems With Paul Website

This website has an excellent article that also points out other inconsistencies in the appearance accounts. There we read:

We have three different accounts of Paul’s unsupported claim of conversion. Two of them are similar, Acts 9:1-18, 22:1-15 (except the part about him being sent to the Gentiles, 22:21), but not the third account, Acts 26:10-19. In the first two stories, Paul specifically asked the Lord what he should do and the Lord told him to go to Damascus where he would be told all things. In the third story, however, Paul received full revelation on the spot. Which one is it Paul? Paul is caught in a lie (there will be more).

In Acts 22:17-21, Paul ‘claims’ Yahoshua told him to “get out of Jerusalem, for they (the Jews) will not receive your testimony concerning Me (Yahweh)”. That indeed is an odd statement, as the Yahudim (Jews) were in fact receiving testimony from the real apostles.


nother explanation of Paul's Contradictions

False Apostle Paul’s Two Tales Of Conversion

In Acts Ch. 9, Pharisee Paul’s alleged conversion is as follows:  he is blinded, led by the hand by men into Damascus where he receives his sight.  He begins preaching in the synagogues of Damascus.  After “many days”, he leaves Damascus to go to Jerusalem.

In Galatians 1:16-18, Pharisee Paul states that God chose Paul to reveal the Son through Paul, and upon being chosen, Paul did not confer with flesh and blood, he was not blinded, he did not go immediately to Damascus, but went to Arabia, then he went to Damascus and then after three years he went to Jerusalem.

Not only are there two blatantly contradictory tales of Pharisee Paul’s alleged conversion to Christ, but there  are also lies about Christ, claiming Christ made statements to Paul, which statements Christ never made to Paul, including the following:

Acts 22:10  And I said, what shall I do Lord?  And the Lord said to me, arise and go into Damascus and there it shall be told you all things which you are appointed to do

Pharisee Paul says he did not confer with flesh and blood upon being chosen by God to reveal the Son (Galatians 1:16-18).    But according to the above passage, Christ stated that Paul would confer with flesh and blood who would tell him what he was to do as his mission for Christ.  Did Pharisee Paul disobey Christ, or is Paul lying about what Christ said – either way the Christians are anti-Christ fools for believing their master Paul is of Christ.   Paul either disobeyed Christ’s command, or Paul is lying about what Christ said.   Truth is, Paul is lying about what Christ said, and Paul never was of Christ.   Every statement in Paul’s gospel attributed to Christ is a lie.

Pharisee Paul says he did not go to Damascus upon being chosen by God to reveal the Son in Paul, but rather went to Arabia, and then went to Damascus (Galatians 1:16-18).   But according to the above passage, Christ instructed Pharisee Paul to go to Damascus, and in one of Paul’s tales of conversion, he did go to Damascus straight away upon being allegedly converted to Christ, and in another of Paul’s tale of conversion, he did not go straight to Damascus, but went to Arabia and then Damascus. 

According to one tale of conversion, Pharisee Paul is filled with the Holy Spirit, and according to the other tale of conversion, there is no account of Pharisee Paul having been filled with the Holy Spirit.   Pharisee Paul was filled with a spirit, he was filled with the Anti-Christ Spirit.

According to one tale of conversion, Pharisee Paul had no choice but to confer with flesh and blood because he was made blind.  According to another tale of Paul’s conversion, he was not blinded and he did not confer with flesh and blood.  According to Paul’s statement of what Christ allegedly said to him, he was to confer with flesh and blood who would tell him all he must do for his mission from Christ, but in one tale of Paul’s alleged converison, no flesh and blood told him what to do (Galatians 1:16-18).

In the case of Pharisee Paul’s two tales of conversion, both tales are lies, and all statements attributed to Christ in Paul’s gospel are also lies.  

Acts 9:3-9   … he came near Damascus and suddenly there shined a light round about him from heaven  … I am Jesus whom you persecute … go into the city and it will be told you what you must do … And Saul arose from the earth and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man, but they led him by hand and brought him into Damascus.  And he was three days without sight ….

Galatians 1:16-18   [God chose me] to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen [Gentiles], immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood, neither did I go to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me, but I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.  Then after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him for fifteen days

Pharisee Paul’s false christ gospel was the most successful and most deceptive attack on the person of Christ, upon the doctrine of Christ,  upon the true believers on Christ.   Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Christianity is the official religion of Italy, of Germany, of Poland, of Russia, of United States, of England, of Ireland, and of many other nations.  Pharisee Paul is the anti-Christ whom John warned of, who John saw the rise of in his lifetime, along with the rise of the many anti-Christs in John’s lifetime, which are the converts to Pharisee Paul’s gospel:

1 John 2:18  You have heard tat the anti-Christ shall come and now there are many anti-Christs

Pharisee Paul is the seducer who urges people to move away from Christ, and follow his own false christ doctrine: 

Hebrews 6:1   Leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ behind, and let us move on unto perfection

Pharisee Paul claimed to be Christ in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16, Galatians 4:14) and he came with the power of Satan and the Anti-Christ Spirit to perform signs and wonders:

Romans 15:19  through many signs and wonders … I fully preached the gospel of Christ

Matthew 24:24   There shall arise false christs … who shall show signs and wonders … if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect

Matthew 24:25   Behold I have told you beforehand

Christ himself warned DO NOT ACCEPT ANOTHER CHRIST, and in Pharisee Paul’s gospel is another Christ preached, and which preaching of Paul of his false Christ doctrine was accompanied by Pharisee Paul performing signs and wonders, the very thing Christ warned about.   The very things which Christ said the false christs would do, “signs and wonders”, are what Pharisee Paul did in preaching his false Christ gospel, showing signs and wonders (Romans 15:19).

Those who are already with Christ, those who are lost from Christ but are his (the lost sheep), they hear the voice of Christ and none others hear the voice of Christ.   The voice of Christ was written down by Matthew and John, and those who hear, read his words from Matthew and John, the voice of Christ resonates with them, they hear Christ.   But those who are not of Christ, they hear, read the voice of Christ in Matthew and John and it does not resonate with them.  There were some deceptions applied to the writings of John and Matthew by the 325 AD Council of Nicaea.  

As to Christian Paul converts, the voice of Christ does not resonate with them, they resonate with the voice of Pharisee Paul, yet they think they are of Christ (Matthew 7:22-23, John 16:1-4).   The Christian Paul converts hear, read that Christ says all mankind is judged according to their works, but since they are not of Christ, the voice of Christ does not resonate with them; it is the voice of Pharisee Paul, the anti-Christ that resonates with them, so they preach as Paul preached, not as Christ preached:


Ephesians 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast


Revelation 20:12-13  … judged according to works … judged according to works

Revelation 22:14   Blessed are those who do God’s commandments that they may have the right to eat of the fruit of the tree of life and enter the city through the gates

Christ does not say, blessed are those who say, no more law, grace.   It is the anti-Christ Pharisee Paul who presents a false christ to his Gentile prey telling them:

Romans 6:14   We are not under the law, we are under grace

But actually in Romans 6:14,  Pharisee Paul did not tell the full account of his false christ doctrine for Gentiles, but had he done so in Romans 6:14, it would read as follows:

Romans 6:14   We are not under the law, we are under the law of the spirit of life in Jesus Christ [Romans 8:2], and we are under Moses’ command not to muzzle an ox when it is threshing grain [1 Cor. 9:9-10], and we are under grace [Romans 6:14]

It is Pharisee Paul’s voice that resonates with the Christian Paul converts.   When Christians insist on Paul tagging along with Christ, then it is known they are not of Christ, but are themselves anti-Christs having converted to the doctrine of the anti-Christ, Pharisee Paul.   The opposition was mounted to the doctrine of Christ by Satan, and Pharisee Paul was among the Pharisees used by Satan to mount the opposition to Christ’s doctrine.    The incentive for the Pharisees in mounting their oppostion to Christ was money:

Revelation 18:13  … sold the souls of men

Matthew 23:25   Pharisees are full of excess and extortion

The Pharisees instituted altars for Gentiles, and charged for admission to the altars.  The Christian altar is central to the doctrine of Pharisee Paul, for it is at the altar that worship of the false christ is performed:

1 Corinthians 11:26   Do the Eucharist as often as you want for every time you do, you show Christ dead until he comes back

Hebrews 13:10  We [Christians] have an altar that those who serve God’s Temple have no right to eat at

Romans 15:27  I taught the Gentiles that it is their duty to share their carnal things with us because we bring them spiritual things

Acts 4:34-35   The Gentiles sold  their houses and lands and brought the sale proceeds of those things to the [false] apostles and laid the money at their feet

Genesis 49:1, 49:27 … in the last days … BENJAMIN is as a wolf who devours his prey and divides the spoils [spoils being money]


Mere coincidence that a Pharisee from the BENJAMIN tribe of the Jews founded Christianity, that Jacob foretold Benjamin is like a wolf in the last days, and there is Benjamite Pharisee Paul the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the founder of Christianity? 

Pharisee Paul is stated to be the sole founder of  Christianity, but truth is Paul had help from his fellow Pharisees, including Mark and Luke the writers of two of the gospels in the new testament section of the Catholic bible, the Ethiopian bible, the Orthodox bible and the Protestant bible.   Christ foretold that the Benjamite Pharisees would seize upon the inheritance of Christ relative to the Gentiles (Matthew 21:33-46) .  Isaiah prophesied that Christ shall be a light to the Gentiles and Pharisee Paul came to the Gentiles pretending he had the light of Christ to give them. but his gospel is a false christ gospel  (Isaiah 42:6, Romans 3:7). 

The Pharisees brought their false christ doctrine of Christianity to the Gentiles, and also tried and did succeed in converting some of the Jews to Paul’s gospel.  Claiming to be the light of Christ, Christianity is actually the gospel of anti-Christ Pharisee Paul, with some of Christ’s doctrine and the prophets thrown in to cement the deception of Satan that Christianity is of Christ.   The cementing of the deception was done in 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea.  Prior thereto, the gospel of Christ and the gospel of Pharisee Paul had stood apart from each other for hundreds of years, not being together under any one book cover.   But in 325 AD, the Council of Nicaea invented their so-called holy book, which is actually a mere book cover under which were placed Torah and Tanakh writings with the doctrine of Christ and the doctrine of Pharisee Paul.  The anti-Christs worship their Christian bibles.

In Matthew 21:33-46, Christ states that the Pharisees seize upon the inheritance of Christ (relative to Jews and Gentiles) and remain in their position over what belongs to the Lord until he returns to destroy them.   There are some good but deceived people in the Christian churches, and to them the Lord says, COME OUT OF HER, my people (Rev. 18:4).