Acts 22:1
New International Version
"Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense."

New Living Translation
“Brothers and esteemed fathers,” Paul said, “listen to me as I offer my defense.”

English Standard Version
“Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.”

Berean Study Bible
“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you.”

Berean Literal Bible
"Men, brothers, and fathers, hear now my defense to you."

New American Standard Bible
"Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you."

New King James Version
“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now.”

King James Bible
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.

Christian Standard Bible
"Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you."

Contemporary English Version
"My friends and leaders of our nation, listen as I explain what happened!"

Good News Translation
"My fellow Jews, listen to me as I make my defense before you!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense before you."

International Standard Version
"Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense that I am now making before you."

NET Bible
"Brothers and fathers, listen to my defense that I now make to you."

New Heart English Bible
"Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense which I now make to you."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Brothers and fathers, hear my defense unto you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Brothers and fathers, listen as I now present my case to you."

New American Standard 1977
“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now unto you.

American King James Version
Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.

American Standard Version
Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
MEN, brethren, and fathers, hear ye the account which I now give unto you.

Darby Bible Translation
Brethren and fathers, hear my defence which I now make to you.

English Revised Version
Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now to you.

Weymouth New Testament
"Brethren and fathers," he said, "listen to my defence which I now make before you."

World English Bible
"Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense which I now make to you."

Young's Literal Translation
'Men, brethren, and fathers, hear my defence now unto you;' --
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,…
Cross References
Luke 12:11
When you are brought before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say.

Acts 7:2
And Stephen declared: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

Treasury of Scripture

Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.

brethren.

Acts 7:2
And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

Acts 13:26
Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

Acts 23:1,6
And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day…

my.

Acts 19:33
And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.

Acts 24:10
Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:

Acts 25:8,16
While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all…







Lexicon
“Brothers
ἀδελφοὶ (adelphoi)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

fathers,
πατέρες (pateres)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

listen
ἀκούσατέ (akousate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

now
νυνὶ (nyni)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3570: A prolonged form of nun for emphasis; just now.

to my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

defense
ἀπολογίας (apologias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 627: A verbal defense (particularly in a law court). From the same as apologeomai; a plea.

before
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

you.”
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
XXII.

(1) Men, brethren, and fathers.--The apparently triple division is really only two-fold--Brethren and fathers. (See Note on Acts 7:2.) It is noticeable that he begins his speech with the self-same formula as Stephen. It was, perhaps, the received formula in addressing an assembly which included the scribes and elders.

Verse 1. - Brethren for men, brethren, A.V. (Acts 7:2, note); the for my, A.V.; now make for make now, A.V. The defense; ἀπολογία This is the technical word in classical Greek for a defense in answer to an accusation. Thus e.g. the oration of Gorgias entitled, Υπὲρ Παλαμήδους ἀπολογία, begins, Ἡ μὲν κατηγορία καὶ ἡ ἀπολογία κρίσις οὐ περὶ θανάτου γίγνεται. And Demosthenes opposes κατηγρσεῖν to accuse, to ἀπολογεῖσθαι, to make one's defense. And an ἀπολογία δικαία καὶ ἁπλῆ is to prove that τὰ κατηγορημένα, "the things of which the person is accused," were never done. But it is probably from St. Paul's use of the word here that it became common to call the defenses of the Christian religion by the term ἀπολογία. Thus we have the 'Apologies' of Justin Martyr, of Tertullian, of Minutius Felix, among the ancients; me 'Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae,' by Bishop Jewel, and many others. 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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