Acts 13:16
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New International Version
Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: "Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!

New Living Translation
So Paul stood, lifted his hand to quiet them, and started speaking. "Men of Israel," he said, "and you God-fearing Gentiles, listen to me.

English Standard Version
So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.

Berean Study Bible
Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and began to speak: "Men of Israel and you Gentiles who fear God, listen to me!

Berean Literal Bible
And Paul, having risen up and having made a sign with the hand, said, "Men of Israel and those fearing God, listen:

New American Standard Bible
Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

King James Bible
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Paul stood up and motioned with his hand and said: "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen!

International Standard Version
Then Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said: "Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen!

NET Bible
So Paul stood up, gestured with his hand and said, "Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen:

New Heart English Bible
Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Paulus stood and lifted his hand and said, “Men, Sons of Israel and those who are worshipers of God, listen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and said, "Men of Israel and converts to Judaism, listen to me.

New American Standard 1977
And Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, he said,

      “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel and ye that fear God hearken.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen.

American King James Version
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience.

American Standard Version
And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear.

Darby Bible Translation
And Paul, rising up and making a sign with the hand, said, Israelites, and ye that fear God, hearken.

English Revised Version
And Paul stood up, and beckoning with the hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, hearken.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

Weymouth New Testament
So Paul rose, and motioning with his hand for silence, said, "Israelites, and you others who fear God, pay attention to me.

World English Bible
Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, "Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen.

Young's Literal Translation
And Paul having risen, and having beckoned with the hand, said, 'Men, Israelites, and those fearing God, hearken:

Study Bible
In Pisidian Antioch
15After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent word to them: “Brothers, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, please speak.” 16Paul stood up, motioned with his hand, and began to speak: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who fear God, listen to me! 17The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers. He made them into a great people during their stay in Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out of that land.…
Cross References
Luke 1:22
When he came out and was unable to speak to them, they realized he had seen a vision in the temple. He kept making signs to them but remained speechless.

Acts 10:2
He and all his household were devout and God-fearing. He gave generously to the people and prayed to God regularly.

Acts 12:17
Peter motioned with his hand for silence, and he described how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. "Send word to James and to the brothers," he said, and he left for another place.

Acts 13:26
Brothers, children of Abraham, and you Gentiles who fear God, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience.

beckoning.

Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared …

Acts 19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him …

Acts 21:40 And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and …

Men.

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among …

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved …

Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, You men of Israel, …

and ye.

Acts 13:42,43,46 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles sought …

Acts 10:2,35 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave …

1 Kings 8:40 That they may fear you all the days that they live in the land which …

Psalm 67:7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell …

Psalm 135:20 Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: you that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do not you fear God, …

give.

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and …

Acts 22:1,22 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you…

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify …

Psalm 49:1-3 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world…

Psalm 78:1,2 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth…

Micah 3:8,9 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

Matthew 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

Revelation 2:7,11,17,29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

(16) Beckoning with his hand.--The gesture was rather that of one who waves his hand to command silence and attention than what we commonly describe as beckoning. (Comp. Acts 12:17.) The graphic touch of description would seem to indicate, as does the full report of the speech, that they came in the first instance from one who had been present. A like touch is found again in connection with St. Paul in Acts 21:40. It was, probably, like the "fixing of the eye," in Acts 13:9, just one of the personal characteristics on which the painter-historian loved to dwell. We may assume, as almost certain, that throughout this journey St. Paul used Greek as the common medium of intercourse. The verbal coincidences in Acts 13:17-18, already referred to in the Note on Acts 13:15, make it, in this instance, absolutely certain.

Men of Israel, and ye that fear God.--The latter phrase denotes, as in Acts 10:2; Acts 10:22, those who, though in the synagogue, were of heathen origin, and had not become proselytes in the full sense of the term, but were known as the so-called "proselytes of the gate."

Give audience.--Literally, hear ye. The English phrase may be noted as an example of the use of the word "audience," which has since been applied to the persons who hear, in the old abstract sense of the act of hearing.

Verse 16. - And for then, A.V.; the for Ms, A.V.; hearken for give audience, A.V. Beckoning with the hand (see Acts 12:17, note). Ye that fear God; addressed to the devout heathen who attended the synagogue service (see Acts 10:2, note, and 22; ver. 43 of this chapter; Acts 15:21; 16:14; 17:4, 17; 18:7). Then Paul stood up,.... Not so much that he might be heard; or merely out of reverence and respect to the rulers, and the people; but to show that he accepted the invitation; as also in order to take his proper place in the synagogue, and sit down and teach, as was their custom:

and beckoning with his hand; to the people to be silent, and attend to what he had to say:

said, men of Israel; by whom are meant the proper Jews, the natural descendants of Jacob, whose name was Israel; this was accounted a very honourable character, and was a common form of address; see Acts 2:22

and ye that fear God; not as distinguishing some among the Israelites from the rest, as if there were some of them that did not fear God; for by these are meant, not Jews by birth, but proselytes, devout and religious men from among the Gentiles; who were proselyted to the Jewish religion, and attended with them in their synagogues on religious worship; and that there were such in this synagogue, is certain from Acts 13:43 and we find that sometimes the Jews distinguish the proselytes from the Israelites by this very character (s): it is said, Psalm 128:1

"blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways; he does not say blessed are the Israelites, blessed are the priests, blessed are the Levites, but blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; "these are the proselytes, for they fear the Lord"--of what proselyte is it "said blessed?" of the proselyte who is a proselyte of righteousness, and not of the Cuthites, of whom it is written, 2 Kings 17:33 but of a proselyte who fears the Lord, and walks in his ways;''

so Psalm 22:23 are interpreted by many Jewish writers (t). Now to both these sort of persons, both to the proper Jews, and to the proselytes of righteousness, the apostle addresses himself, and desires they would give audience to what he had to say; which is as follows.

(s) Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 8. fol. 190. 4. (t) Midrash Tillim, Jarchi, & Aben Ezra, in loc. 13:14-31 When we come together to worship God, we must do it, not only by prayer and praise, but by the reading and hearing of the word of God. The bare reading of the Scriptures in public assemblies is not enough; they should be expounded, and the people exhorted out of them. This is helping people in doing that which is necessary to make the word profitable, to apply it to themselves. Every thing is touched upon in this sermon, which might best prevail with Jews to receive and embrace Christ as the promised Messiah. And every view, however short or faint, of the Lord's dealings with his church, reminds us of his mercy and long-suffering, and of man's ingratitude and perverseness. Paul passes from David to the Son of David, and shows that this Jesus is his promised Seed; a Saviour to do that for them, which the judges of old could not do, to save them from their sins, their worst enemies. When the apostles preached Christ as the Saviour, they were so far from concealing his death, that they always preached Christ crucified. Our complete separation from sin, is represented by our being buried with Christ. But he rose again from the dead, and saw no corruption: this was the great truth to be preached.
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