Acts 22:2
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New International Version
When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said:

New Living Translation
When they heard him speaking in their own language, the silence was even greater.

English Standard Version
And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said:

Berean Study Bible
When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became even more silent. Then Paul declared,

Berean Literal Bible
And having heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he says,

New American Standard Bible
And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said,

King James Bible
(And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even quieter.

International Standard Version
When they heard him speaking to them in Hebrew, they became even more quiet, and he continued:

NET Bible
(When they heard that he was addressing them in Aramaic, they became even quieter.) Then Paul said,

New Heart English Bible
When they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they were even more quiet. He said,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they heard that he was speaking Judean Aramaic with them, they were all the more quiet, and he said to them:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the mob heard him speak to them in Hebrew, they became even more quiet. Then Paul continued,

New American Standard 1977
And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said,

Jubilee Bible 2000
(And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence, and he said,)

King James 2000 Bible
(And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he said,)

American King James Version
(And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he said,)

American Standard Version
And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith,

Douay-Rheims Bible
(And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more silence.)

Darby Bible Translation
And hearing that he addressed them in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more quiet; and he says,

English Revised Version
And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith,

Webster's Bible Translation
(And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

Weymouth New Testament
And on hearing him address them in Hebrew, they kept all the more quiet; and he said,

World English Bible
When they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they were even more quiet. He said,

Young's Literal Translation
and they having heard that in the Hebrew dialect he was speaking to them, gave the more silence, and he saith, --
Study Bible
Paul's Defense to the Crowd
1“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you.” 2When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became even more silent. Then Paul declared, 3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but raised in this city. I was educated at the feet of Gamaliel in strict conformity to the Law of our Fathers. I am just as zealous for God as any of you here today.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:46
While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him.

Acts 21:40
Having received permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. A great hush came over the crowd, and he addressed them in Aramaic:
Treasury of Scripture

(And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he said,)

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

(2) They kept the more silence.--The opening words had done the work they were meant to do. One who spoke in Hebrew was not likely to blaspheme the sacred Hebrew books. What follows was conceived in the same spirit of conciliation.

Verse 2. - Unto them in the Hebrew language for in the Hebrew tongue to them, A.V.; were the more quiet for kept the more silence, A.V. When they heard, etc. This trait is wonderfully true to nature, and exhibits also St. Paul's admirable tact and self-possession. It was strikingly in harmony with his addressing them as "brethren" that he should speak to them in their own mother tongue. There is a living reality in such touches which seems at once to refute Renan's suspicion that St. Luke invented this and other of St. Paul's speeches in the later chapters of the Acts. The full report of these later speeches is abundantly accounted for by the fact that through this time St. Luke was with St. Paul, and heard the speeches. And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them,.... See Gill on Acts 21:40.

they kept the more silence; it being their mother tongue, and which they best understood; and which the captain and the Roman soldiers might not so well under stand; and chiefly because the Hellenistic language was not so agreeable to them, nor the Hellenistic Jews, who spoke the Greek language, and used the Greek version of the Bible; and such an one they took Paul to be, besides his being a Christian; wherefore when they heard him speak in the Hebrew tongue, it conciliated their minds more to him, at least engaged their attention the more to what he was about to say:

and he saith; the Syriac and Ethiopic versions add, "to them", as follows. 2. when they heard … the Hebrew tongue—(See on [2090]Ac 21:40).

they kept the more silence—They could have understood him in Greek, and doubtless fully expected the renegade to address them in that language, but the sound of their holy mother tongue awed them into deeper silence.22:1-11 The apostle addressed the enraged multitude, in the customary style of respect and good-will. Paul relates the history of his early life very particularly; he notices that his conversion was wholly the act of God. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness, and it is a lasting blindness, like that of the unbelieving Jews. Convinced sinners are struck blind as Paul was, not by darkness, but by light. They are for a time brought to be at a loss within themselves, but it is in order to their being enlightened. A simple relation of the Lord's dealings with us, in bringing us, from opposing, to profess and promote his gospel, when delivered in a right spirit and manner, will sometimes make more impression that laboured speeches, even though it amounts not to the full proof of the truth, such as was shown in the change wrought in the apostle.
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