Did Paul Have A Choice?


In my small group’s Bible study of Acts chapter 9, the question was raised as to whether Saul had a choice in becoming an apostle. I pointed to verse 6 in my NKJ Bible which records Saul’s response to Jesus. “So, he trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” To my amazement, none of the Bible translations my class members were using included Saul’s question. Do you know why?


Paul’s question, “Lord what do you want me to do?” is not part of most Greek manuscripts of Acts 9. It apparently originated in the Old Latin translation and was carried into the King James from there. If you want evidence that Paul volunteered to serve the Lord, use Acts 22:10 where Paul, recounting the story of his conversion, asked of Jesus, “What shall I do, Lord?”