“And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;”
King James Version (KJV)
22:17 When I was returned to Jerusalem - From Damascus, and was praying in the temple - Whereby he shows that he still paid the temple its due honour, as the house of prayer. I was in a trance - Perhaps he might continue standing all the while, so that any who were near him would hardly discern it.
Ac 22:17 When I was come again to Jerusalem. This was three years after his conversion (Ga 1:17,18). He shows in what follows that it was by Divine direction that he had devoted his life to the conversion of the Gentiles, that he would have labored with his own race, but that, while in the temple praying, he had a second vision of the Lord who, a second time, assured him that his work was with the Gentiles. In a trance. The Greek term "ekstasis", "ecstasy", means a state of mind when the spirit was, as it were, lifted out of the bodily conditions and enabled to discern things unseen. Compare Ac 10:10. Some have held that this trance in the temple is described in 2Co 12:2,3, but this is uncertain.