The Conversion of Saul

The conversion of Saul to Paul on the Road to Damascus

Conversion of Saul
ACTS CHAPTER 9
Acts 9:3-6 Saul on the Road to Damascus

Acts 9:7-9 The Conversion of Saul

Acts 9:10-18 Ananias
ACTS 9:7-8  7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.

Why didn't "the men who journeyed with" (Acts 9:7) Saul fall to the ground as well?
They did fall - "... I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice ..." (Acts 26:13-14) - but apparently had gotten up and "stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one" (Acts 9:7).

Did Saul's travel companions hear Jesus as well?
According to Acts 9:7, "And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one." But according to Acts 22:9, "And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me."

Which account is correct?
The root Greek word translated "hearing" in Acts 9:7 and "hear" in Acts 22:9 is ακουω (akouo), which means "to hear" in the audible sense but also "to hear" in the sense of comprehending or understanding. Saul's travel companions audibly heard a voice (Acts 9:7) but did not comprehend it (Acts 22:9), so both accounts are correct.

ACTS 9:9  9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

What didn't Saul do during his first three days in Damascus?
He "neither ate nor drank" (Acts 9:9).

Wasn't he hungry and thirsty?
Chances are, he didn't care. Saul had thought he was doing his best to serve God by arresting and killing Christians. Now he knew that he had been persecuting God and murdering innocent true believers. He probably spent those three days as a total wreck in a heap of tears and deep in prayer of repentance.