Acts 13:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 13:11, NIV: "Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.' Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand."

Acts 13:11, ESV: "And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand."

Acts 13:11, KJV: "And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand."

Acts 13:11, NASB: "Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.' And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand."

Acts 13:11, NLT: "Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.' Instantly mist and darkness came over the man's eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him."

Acts 13:11, CSB: "Now, look, the Lord's hand is against you. You are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a time." Immediately a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand."

What does Acts 13:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Jewish false prophet Bar-Jesus (Acts 13:6), who has hidden the truth of God's light from his mark, is now literally blinded. Paul and Barnabas are on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:2–4), speaking to a Roman proconsul about Jesus (Acts 13:7–8). The government official, in a search for the true God, has come under the influence of a fraud who promises spiritual light and provides only darkness. Irritated by the magician's opposition and filled with the Holy Spirit, Paul declares Bar-Jesus will be blind.

Blindness was a significant contributor to Paul's conversion. On the road to Damascus for the purpose of arresting Jewish Jesus-followers, Paul was confronted by Jesus in a bright light. Jesus told Paul to go into the city and wait for instruction. When Jesus left, Paul was blinded and "they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus" (Acts 9:8). Now, the magician that led Sergius Paulus into spiritual darkness is unable to see light.

"A time," also translated "season," is from the Greek root word kairos. It refers to a set amount of time during which a defined qualification is fulfilled. Paul was blind for only three days. Although Paul seems to say Bar-Jesus will be physically blind temporarily, it's not known if the false prophet opens his spiritual eyes and accepts the truth about Jesus.