Infidels.org calls as a contradiction, "Did those with Saul/Paul at his conversion hear a voice?"
|“||Acts 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
Acts 22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
Acts 9:7 mentions that the men heard voices. Acts 22:9 says they didn't hear the voice of the One speaking to Paul. These are not contradictory statements, since they could have heard voices, but not the voice of the One who spoke to Paul.
Although some bizarre attempts have been made to suggest the Greek words translated voice and heard/hearing (phone and akouo respectively) should be translated differently in each passage, I find them unpersuasive since both are used in both passages in the same way. You can see the transliterated Interlinear for the passages using PowerBible CD (or online with Biblos.com), which is as follows:
|“||Acts 9:7 And <de> the men <aner> which <ho> journeyed <sunodeuo> with him <autos> stood <histemi> speechless, <enneos> hearing <akouo> <men> a voice, <phone> but <de> seeing <theoreo> no man. <medeis>
Acts 22:9 And <de> they that were <on> with <sun> me <emoi> saw <theaomai> indeed <men> the light, <phos> and <kai> were <ginomai> afraid; <emphobos> but <de> they heard <akouo> not <ou> the voice <phone> of him that spake <laleo> to me. <moi>
- Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html.
- Thayer and Smith. "Greek Lexicon entry for Akouo". "The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon". Retrieved from http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/akouo.html.
- Did the men with Paul hear the voice or not? Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry. Retrieved from http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/luke-john-acts/did-men-paul-hear-voice-or-not.
I’m troubled with the contradiction between Acts 9:7 and 22:9 where it is unclear whether the men with Paul at his conversion heard the voice he did. Bible.org. Retrieved from http://bible.org/question/i%E2%80%99m-troubled-contradiction-between-acts-97-and-229-where-it-unclear-whether-men-paul-his-co.
Please explain the apparent contradiction between Acts 9:7 and 22:9, concerning Paul's conversion. The Restored Church of God. Retrieved from http://rcg.org/questions/p178.a.html.
- Acts 9:7 Greek Texts and Analysis. Bible Suite by Biblos. Retrieved from http://biblos.com/acts/9-7.htm.
Acts 22:9 Greek Texts and Analysis. Bible Suite by Biblos. Retrieved from http://biblos.com/acts/22-9.htm.