New American Standard Bible
"Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you."
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
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