Acts 22:2
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 Hebrew, 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,

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

New King James Version
And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent. Then he said:

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,

NASB 1995
And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he said,

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

Amplified Bible
When they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet. And he continued,

Christian Standard Bible
When they heard that he was addressing them in Aramaic, they became even quieter.

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

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

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:

Contemporary English Version
When the crowd heard Paul speak to them in Aramaic, they became even quieter. Then Paul said:

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

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

Good News Translation
When they heard him speaking to them in Hebrew, they became even quieter; and Paul went on:

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

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

Literal Standard Version
and they having heard that he was speaking to them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more silent, and he says,

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,

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, --

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 Hebrew, 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 Hebrew:


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 licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[When]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

they heard
ἀκούσαντες (akousantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

him speak to
προσεφώνει (prosephōnei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4377: From pros and phoneo; to sound towards, i.e. Address, exclaim, summon.

them
αὐτοῖς (autois)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

in Aramaic,
Ἑβραΐδι (Hebraidi)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1446: The Hebrew language, or rather: Aramaic. From Eber; the Hebraistic or Jewish language.

they became
παρέσχον (pareschon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3930: From para and echo; to hold near, i.e. Present, afford, exhibit, furnish occasion.

even more
μᾶλλον (mallon)
Adverb
Strong's 3123: More, rather. Neuter of the comparative of the same as malista; more) or rather.

silent.
ἡσυχίαν (hēsychian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2271: Quietness, stillness, silence. Feminine of hesuchios; stillness, i.e. Desistance from bustle or language.

Then
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[Paul] declared,
φησίν (phēsin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5346: To say, declare. Properly, the same as the base of phos and phaino; to show or make known one's thoughts, i.e. Speak or say.


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