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Acts 22:1-30

Acts 22:1-5:

22:1"Adult-males, brothers, and fathers, you must hear my defense towards you now." .2But having heard that he uttered-sounds-towards them with the Hebrew dialect, rather they presented quietness. And he says, .3"I am a Judean adult-male having been born2 in Tarsus of Cilicia, and having been nourished-up2 in this city beside the feet of Gamaliel, having been trained2 according to accuracy of (my) father's law, being from-the-beginning a zealot of God according as all you are today; .4who persecuted this way continuously-until death binding and giving-over both adult-males and women into prisons, .5as also the chief-priest bears me witness and all (the) council-of-elders from whom also having accepted letters towards the brothers, into Damascus I journeyed (with the intention of) leading also the (people) being having been bound2 there into Jerusalem in order that they may be punished.

Continuing on from the end of chapter 21, Paul said to the people:

…you must hear my defense (my speech of defense, speaking words trying to get away from this difficult situation) towards you emphatically at the present time."

When the crowd heard Paul speaking sounds to them in the Hebrew dialect (this dialect refers to what the Judean people usually spoke in that area, Aramaic, and so they would easily understand him) they more-so offered him quietness (they were not causing agitation or disturbance around themselves).

Paul continues to refer to the law and the Judean way of thinking as he speaks, and uses the ‘perfect’ tense of verbs many times to indicate that those actions were done during a past time but they have a present continuing result in his life. He said (brought to light by his speech):

[Reference: Acts 8:1-3, 9:1 and 2, 21:39 and 40, 26:4, 5 and 10-12; Romans 11:1b; II Corinthians 11:22; Galatians 1:13 and 14; Philippians 3:4-7; I Timothy 1:12-16. Note: verbs with a superscript 2 (2) immediately following them indicate the "perfect" tense - details are provided in the "Relevant Notes" link of this study.]


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