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Acts 22:1

    Acts 22:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My brothers and fathers, give ear to the story of my life which I now put before you.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 22:1

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 22:1

    Men, brethren, and fathers - This defense was addressed to the Jews, and Paul commenced it with an expression of sincere respect for them. Stephen began his defense with the same form of address. See the notes on Acts 7:2.

    My defence - Against the charges brought against me. Those charges were, that he had endeavored to prejudice people everywhere against the Jews, the Law, and the temple, Acts 21:28. In order to meet this charge, Paul stated:

    (1) That he was a Jew by birth, and had enjoyed all the advantages of a Jewish education, Acts 22:3;

    (2) He recounted the circumstances of his conversion, and the reason why he believed that he was called to preach the gospel, Acts 22:4-16;

    (3) He proceeded to state the reasons why he went among the Gentiles, and evidently intended to vindicate his conduct there, Acts 22:17-21; but at this point, at the name Gentiles, his defense was interrupted by the enraged multitude, and he was not permitted to proceed.

    What would have been his defense, therefore, had he been suffered to finish it, it is impossible to know with certainty. On another occasion, however, he was permitted to make a similar defense, and perhaps to complete the train of thought which he had purposed to pursue here. See Acts 22.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 22:1

    22:1 Hear ye now my defence - Which they could not hear before for the tumult.