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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Brethren and fathers, hear my defence which I now make to 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;' --

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Men, brethren, and fathers - A Hebrew form of expression for brethren and fathers: for two classes only are addressed. See the note on Acts 7:2.

Hear ye my defense - Μου της απολογιας, This apology of mine; in this sense the word apology was anciently understood: hence the Apologies of the primitive fathers, i.e. their defenses of the Christian religion. And this is as proper literal meaning; but it is now used only as implying an excuse for improper conduct. That this is an abuse of the term requires no proof.

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brethren.

Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia...

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

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

Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said to them...

my. Greek all.

Acts 19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand...

Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned to him to speak, answered...

Acts 25:8,16 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar...

Acts 26:1,2,24 Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself...

Luke 12:11 And when they bring you to the synagogues, and to magistrates, and powers, take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer...

Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer:

Romans 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness...

1 Corinthians 9:3 My answer to them that do examine me is this,

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it worked in you, yes...

2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved...

Philippians 1:7,17 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds...

2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...

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Rome Protects Paul
'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; 18. And saw Him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning Me. 19. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on Thee: 20. And when the blood of Thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Some Scriptures for Daily Practise.
If we seek God earnestly in the prayer of faith to help us in our daily practise of the following Scriptural texts and then put forth our best efforts, we shall find life daily growing more holy and beautiful. The beauty and enjoyment of a holy life is that it can always be improved upon. We can live in all the light that shines upon us from these texts today, but tomorrow we find them shining a little brighter and fuller light, so that we shall have to live a little more holy than we are living
C. E. Orr—How to Live a Holy Life

Divine Calls.
"And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel; Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for Thy servant heareth."--1 Samuel iii. 10. In the narrative of which these words form part, we have a remarkable instance of a Divine call, and the manner in which it is our duty to meet it. Samuel was from a child brought to the house of the Lord; and in due time he was called to a sacred office, and made a prophet. He was called, and he forthwith answered the call. God said, "Samuel,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII

Baptism, a Divinely Appointed Means of Grace.
When we inquire into the benefits and blessings which the Word of God connects with baptism, we must be careful to obtain the true sense and necessary meaning of its declarations. It is not enough to pick out an isolated passage or two, give them a sense of our own, and forthwith build on them a theory or doctrine. In this way the Holy Scriptures have been made to teach and support the gravest errors and most dangerous heresies. In this way, many persons "wrest the Scriptures to their own destruction."
G. H. Gerberding—The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church

Cross References
Luke 12:11
"When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

Acts 7:2
To this he replied: "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 Harran.

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