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Why weren't the men that were with Saul (Paul) blinded?

Saul heard a voice but didn't see, and was blinded. Why was he the only one who was blinded?

Acts 9:7

ESV - 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Acts 9:3 says, "Now as he [that is, Saul] journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him." (The narrative says "him", not "them".)

I would say that, although the men who were with Saul heard the voice of Christ speaking to Saul, the light from heaven and the vision of Christ were intended specifically and exclusively for Saul (and not for the men who were with him), for the purpose of convincing Saul of the risen Christ's reality, power, and identity as God, and also for the purpose of blinding him. (The reasons why he was blinded are discussed in the eBible question, "Why did Jesus blind Saul?")

Also, because the men who were with Saul were not blinded, they were subsequently able to lead him into Damascus. This allowed Saul to concentrate on the vision that he had seen, rather than having him (along with the rest of his party) be distracted by the question of how they were now going to get to Damascus if all of them had been blind.

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Mini Jimmy James
I am a strongly believer that for everything that happens in our natural world to our natural eyes, these things preceded a spiritual purpose. I believe the word was being fulfilled when Saul lost his vision on the way to Damascus. 

According to John 9 v39 NKJV: “And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

As Paul was on His journey to Damascus he truly was on a life’s journey persecuting the church and the Lord opened His eye both spiritually and physically which is why Paul indeed after receiving the spirit of Christ journeyed to more places than the other apostles propagating the gospel of the kingdom of God and the Apostles Doctrine. 

Also the others with Paul were not blinded because Paul was called and he received a new vision spiritually and physically, he received the vision and mission that the Lord gave the 12. He received the Lord’s vision for the church. The men didn’t lose their sight so that they can deliver Paul successfully. It was their divine responsibility.

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