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Bible Q & A

Q. While reading one of your articles, I read where you said the Bible never contradicted itself. What about Acts 9:7 and Acts 22:9? They seem to contradict.
A. Acts 9:7 states, “And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.” The apparent contradiction arises when we compare Acts 22:9 “And they that were with me saw indeed the light: but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.”

These verses are complementary rather than contradictory. In Acts 9:7, the people heard only the sound of a voice. Luke (the author of Acts and the same one who had just written Acts 9:7) later shows they were not able to understand what this voice was saying. Acts 22:9 should more properly be translated: “And they that were with me saw indeed the light but they understood not the voice.” The original Greek akouo’ has both meanings: “hear” and “understood.” In this case it should be interpreted understood. The Bible does not contradict itself.
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