American Standard Version (ASV 1901) 
Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence [which I make] now unto you.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now [offer] to you.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense [which I make] now to you.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
Brethren and fathers, hear my defence which I now make to you.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
Brethren and fathers! Hear ye, the defence, which I now make unto you:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
'Men, brethren, and fathers, hear my defence now unto you;'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
Men, brethren and fathers, hear ye the account which I now give unto you.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) 
Men, brethren, and fathers, heare ye my defence which I make now vnto you.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
Brethren and fathers, hear the defence which I make to you.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
Brethren, and fathers, hearken to my defence before you.
A primary word (compare G0444
); a man
(properly as an individual male).
(as a connective particle) and δελφύς
[[delphus]] (the womb
); a brother
(literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like [H0001
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative
and sometimes also a cumulative
, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
Apparently a primary word; a 'father' (literally or figuratively, near or more remote).
A primary verb; to hear
(in various senses).
A primary verb; to hear
(in various senses).
Tense - Aorist (See G5777
Voice - Active (See G5784
Mood - Imperative (See G5794
Count - 376
The simpler from of G1700
; of me
From the same as G0626
; a plea
[which I make
A primary particle of present time; 'now' (as adverb of date, a transition or emphasis); also as noun or adjective present
A strengthened form of G4253
; a preposition of direction; forward to
, that is, toward
(with the genitive case the side
of, that is, pertaining to
; with the dative case by the side of
, that is, near to
; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination
of the relation, that is, whither
which it is predicated).
Accusative of G5210
(as the object of a verb or preposition).
_ _ Acts 22:1-30. Paul’s defense from the stairs of the fortress The rage of the audience bursting forth, the commandant has him brought into the fort to be examined by scourging, but learning that he is a Roman, he orders his release and commands the Sanhedrim to try him.
_ _ Paul had, in the last verse of the foregoing chapter, gained a great point, by commanding so profound a silence after so loud a clamour. Now here observe,
_ _ I. With what an admirable composure and presence of mind he addresses himself to speak. Never was poor man set upon in a more tumultuous manner, nor with more rage and fury; and yet, in what he said, 1. There appears o fright, but his mind is sedate and composed. Thus he makes his own words good, None of these things move me; and David's (Psalms 3:6), I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about. 2. There appears no passion. Though the suggestions against him were all frivolous and unjust, though it would have vexed any man alive to be charged with profaning the temple just then when he was contriving and designing to show his respect to it, yet he breaks out into no angry expressions, but is led as a lamb to the slaughter.
_ _ II. What respectful titles he gives even to those who thus abused him, and how humbly he craves their attention: “Men, brethren, and fathers, Acts 22:1. To you, O men, I call; men, that should hear reason, and be ruled by it; men, from whom one may expect humanity. You, brethren of the common people; you, fathers of the priests.” Thus he lets them know that he was one of them, and had not renounced his relation to the Jewish nation, but still had a kindness and concern for it. Note, Though we must not give flattering titles to any, yet we ought to give titles of due respect to all; and those we would do good to we should endeavour not to provoke. Though he was rescued out of their hands, and was taken under the protection of the chief captain, yet he does not fall foul upon them, with, Hear now, you rebels; but compliments them with, Men, brethren, and fathers. And observe, he does not exhibit a charge against them, does not recriminate, Hear now what I have to say against you, but, Hear now what I have to say for myself: Hear you my defence; a just and reasonable request, for every man that is accused has a right to answer for himself, and has not justice done him if his answer be not patiently and impartially heard.
_ _ III. The language he spoke in, which recommended what he said to the auditory; He spoke in the Hebrew tongue, that is, the vulgar language of the Jews, which, at this time, was not the pure Old Testament Hebrew, but the Syriac, a dialect of the Hebrew, or rather a corruption of it, as the Italian of the Latin. However, 1. It showed his continued respect to his countrymen, the Jews. Though he had conversed so much with the Gentiles, yet he still retained the Jews' language, and could talk it with ease; by this it appears he is a Jew, for his speech betrayeth him. 2. What he said was the more generally understood, for that was the language every body spoke, and therefore to speak in that language was indeed to appeal to the people, by which he might have somewhat to insinuate into their affections; and therefore, when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue, they kept the more silence. How can it be thought people should give any attention to that which is spoken to them in a language they do not understand? The chief captain was surprised to hear him speak Greek (Acts 21:37), the Jews were surprised to hear him speak Hebrew, and both therefore think the better of him. But how would they have been surprised if they had enquired, as they ought to have done, and found in what variety of tongues the Spirit gave him utterance! 1 Corinthians 14:18, I speak with tongues more than you all. But the truth is, many wise and good men are therefore slighted only because they are not known.
Hear ye now my defence Which they could not hear before for the tumult.
Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
Acts 13:26 Men [and] brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men [and] brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men [and] brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
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 unto them, Men [and] brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
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Acts 19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.
Acts 24:10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
Acts 25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
Acts 26:1-2 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: ... I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
Acts 26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and [unto] magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
Luke 21:14 Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
1 Corinthians 9:3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
2 Corinthians 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
Philippians 1:7 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, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
Philippians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
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: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
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