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1: (Ac 22:3,26:9)
2: Bound - By the connivance, if not authority, of the
governor, under Aretas the king. See (Ac 9:14,24).
3: And suddenly - When God suddenly and vehemently attacks a
sinner, it is the highest act of mercy. So Saul, when his rage
was come to the height, is taught not to breathe slaughter.
And what was wanting in time to confirm him in his discipleship,
is compensated by the inexpressible terror he sustained. By his
also the suddenly constituted apostle was guarded against the
grand snare into which novices are apt to fall.
4: He heard a voice - Severe, yet full of grace.
5: To kick against the goads - is a Syriac proverb, expressing an
attempt that brings nothing but pain.
6: It shall be told thee - So God himself sends Saul to be taught
by a man, as the angel does Cornelius, (Ac 10:5). Admirable
condescension! that the Lord deals with us by men, like ourselves.
7: The men - stood - Having risen before Saul; for they also fell to
the ground, (Ac 26:14). It is probable they all journeyed on
foot. Hearing the noise - But not an articulate voice. And seeing
the light, but not Jesus himself, (Ac 26:13), &c.
9: And he was three days - An important season! So long he seems
to have been in the pangs of the new birth. Without sight - By
scales growing over his eyes, to intimate to him the blindness
of the state he had been in, to impress him with a deeper sense
of the almighty power of Christ, and to turn his thoughts inward,
while he was less capable of conversing with outward objects.
This was likewise a manifest token to others, of what had
happened to him in his journey, and ought to have humbled and
convinced those bigoted Jews, to whom he had been sent from
11: Behold he is praying - He was shown thus to Ananias.
12: A man called Ananias - His name also was revealed to Saul.
13: But he answered - How natural it is to reason against God.
14: All that call on thy name - That is, all Christians.
15: He is a chosen vessel to bear my name - That is, to testify
of me. It is undeniable, that some men are unconditionally
chosen or elected, to do some works for God
16: For I - Do thou as thou art commanded. I will take care of
the rest; will show him - In fact, through the whole course of
his ministry. How great things he must suffer - So far will he
be now from persecuting others.
17: The Lord hath sent me - Ananias does not tell Saul all which
Christ had said concerning him. It was not expedient that he
should know yet to how great a dignity he was called.
24: They guarded the gates day and night - That is, the governor
did, at their request, (2Co 11:32).
26: And coming to Jerusalem - Three years after,(Ga 1:18).
These three years St. Paul passes over, (Ac 22:17), likewise.
27: To the apostles - Peter and James,(Ga 1:18,19).
And declared - He who has been an enemy to the truth ought not
to be trusted till he gives proof that he is changed.
31: Then the Church - The whole body of Christian believers, had
peace - Their bitterest persecutor being converted. And being
built up - In holy, loving faith, continually increasing, and
walking in - That is, speaking and acting only from this principle,
the fear of God and the comfort of the Holy Ghost - An excellent
mixture of inward and outward peace, tempered with filial fear.
35: Lydda was a large town, one day's journey from Jerusalem.
It stood in the plain or valley of Sharon, which extended from
Cesarea to Joppa, and was noted for its fruitfulness.
36: Tabitha, which is by interpretation Dorcas - She was probably
a Hellenist Jew, known among the Hebrews by the Syriac name
Tabitha, while the Greeks called her in their own language,
Dorcas. They are both words of the same import, and signify
a roe or fawn.
38: The disciples sent to him - Probably none of those at Joppa
had the gift of miracles. Nor is it certain that they expected
a miracle from him.
39: While she was with the in - That is, before she died.
40: Peter having put them all out - That he might have the better
opportunity of wrestling with God in prayer, said, Tabitha,
arise. And she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, sat up - Who
can imagine the surprise of Dorcas, when called back to life?
Or of her friends, when they saw her alive? For the sake of
themselves, and of the poor, there was cause of rejoicing, and
much more, for such a confirmation of the Gospel. Yet to herself
it was matter of resignation, not joy, to be called back to
these scenes of vanity: but doubtless, her remaining days were
still more zealously spent in the service of her Saviour and
her God. Thus was a richer treasure laid up for her in heaven,
and she afterward returned to a more exceeding weight of glory,
than that from which so astonishing a providence had recalled
her for a season.