40 So when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and (A)motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the (B)Hebrew language, saying,

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40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on (A)the stairs, (B)motioned to the people with his hand; and when there [a]was a great silence, he spoke to them in the [b](C)Hebrew dialect, saying,

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  1. Acts 21:40 Lit occurred
  2. Acts 21:40 I.e., Jewish Aramaic

40 The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.[a]

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  1. 21:40 Or Hebrew.

40 And when he had given him leave, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with the hand unto the people; and when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, saying,

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40 After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned(A) to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaic[a]:(B)

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  1. Acts 21:40 Or possibly Hebrew; also in 22:2

And when they heard that he spoke to them in the (A)Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent.

Then he said:

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And when they heard that he was addressing them in the [a](A)Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he *said,

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  1. Acts 22:2 I.e., Jewish Aramaic

When they heard him speaking in their own language,[a] the silence was even greater.

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  1. 22:2 Greek in Aramaic, or in Hebrew.

And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith,

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When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic,(A) they became very quiet.

Then Paul said:

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