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The Utterances of the Apostles

As I will discuss in a future post, the Christian world seems to press a mold of meek and passive, gentle communication on us modern pastors. We are not to argue – either in an apologetic clash with culture, or in a doctrinal clash with a cult or variant doctrine. We are not even to raise our voices above the soft, silky tones of an animated monotone. We are pushed into walking a middle-line of passivity and peace, ignoring or soft-peddling doctrinal differences when they arise.

I want to ask directly the question, “Should Christians Argue?” in a future post. However, in this post I have collected all of the utterances of the apostles in Acts. Every time an apostle opened his mouth in Acts, I recorded it and organized it by key-word. Below, you will see the sorts of utterances which the Bible presents as “normal” for a minister of the word to be using.

This resource may not be very exciting to read – but I think it will give you a better understanding of how the Bible calls a minister of the word to speak.

 

VERBAL TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLES


Replied G611

But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?  (Acts 3:12)

Made Defense G626

Strongs: Middle voice from a compound of G575 and G3056; to give an account (legal plea) of oneself, that is, exculpate (self): – answer (for self), make defence, excuse (self), speak for self.

Thayer: 1) to defend one’s self, make one’s defence, 2) to defend a person or a thing, 3) to give a full account of, 3a) to calculate or consider well

NASEC: to give an account of oneself, hence to defend oneself: – defend (1), defending (2), make a defense (1), make…defense (3), said in…defense (1), saying in…defense (1), speak in…defense (1).

When the governor had nodded for him to speak, Paul responded: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge to this nation, I cheerfully make my defense,

(Acts 24:10)

while Paul said in his own defense, “I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.”

(Acts 25:8)

Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

(Acts 26:1)

“In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am about to make my defense before you today;

(Acts 26:2)

While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.”

(Acts 26:24)


Declared G669

Strongs: From G575 and G5350; to enunciate plainly, that is, declare: – say, speak forth, utterance.

Thayer: 1) to speak out, speak forth, pronounce, 1a) not a word of everyday speech but one “belonging to dignified and elevated discourse”

NASEC: to speak forth: – declared (1), utter (1), utterance (1).

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

(Acts 2:4)

But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live inJerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words.  (Acts 2:14)

But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth.

(Acts 26:25)

Bear (the Name) G941

Strongs: βαστάζω bas-tad’-zo Perhaps remotely derived from the base of G939 (through the idea of removal); to lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.): – bear, carry, take up.

Thayer: 1) to take up with the hands, 2) to take up in order to carry or bear, to put upon one’s self, 2a) to bear what is burdensome, 3) to bear, to carry, 3a) to carry on one’s person, 3b) to sustain, i.e. uphold, support, 4) to bear away, carry off

NASEC: bastazō; of unc. or.; to take up, carry: – bear (8), bearers (1), bearing (1), bore (1), borne (1), carried (2), carried…away (1), carried away (1), carries (1), carry (2), carrying (2), endured (1), picked (1), pilfer (1), remove (1), supports (1), tolerate (1).

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons ofIsrael;  (Acts 9:15)


Solemnly Testified G1263

Strong’s: διαμαρτύρομαι dee-am-ar-too’-rom-ahee From G1223 and G3140; to attest or protest earnestly, or (by implication) hortatively: – charge, testify (unto), witness.

Thayer: 1) to testify, 1a) earnestly, religiously to charge, 2) to attest, testify to, solemnly affirm, 2a) to give solemn testimony to one, 2b) to confirm a thing by testimony, to testify, cause it to be believed

NASEC: to affirm solemnly: – solemnly to testify (1), solemnly charge (3), solemnly testified (2), solemnly testifies (1), solemnly testifying (3), solemnly warned (1), solemnly witnessed (1), testified (1), testify solemnly (1), warn (1).

And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”

(Acts 2:40)

So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back toJerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

(Acts 8:25)

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.

(Acts 10:42)

But when Silas and Timothy came down fromMacedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

(Acts 18:5)

solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Acts 20:21)

“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

(Acts 20:24)

But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause atJerusalem, so you must witness atRomealso.”

(Acts 23:11)

When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.

(Acts 28:23)

Teaching G1321

Strongs: διδάσκω, did-as’-ko A prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb δάω daō (to learn); to teach (in the same broad application): – teach.

Thayer: 1) to teach 1a) to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses 1b) to be a teacher 1c) to discharge the office of a teacher, conduct one’s self as a teacher 2) to teach one 2a) to impart instruction 2b) instill doctrine into one 2c) the thing taught or enjoined 2d) to explain or expound a thing 2f) to teach one something

NASEC: didaskō; a redupl. caus. form of δάω daō (to learn); to teach: – instructed (2), preaches (1), taught (13), teach (33), teaches (5), teaching (43).

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

(Acts 1:1)

being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

(Acts 4:2)

And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

(Acts 4:18)

Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons ofIsrael, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought.

(Acts 5:21)

But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”

(Acts 5:25)

saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filledJerusalemwith your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”

(Acts 5:28)

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

(Acts 5:42)

and when he had found him, he brought him toAntioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians inAntioch.

(Acts 11:26)

Some men came down fromJudeaand began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

(Acts 15:1)

But Paul and Barnabas stayed inAntioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

(Acts 15:35)

And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

(Acts 18:11)

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;

(Acts 18:25)

how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,

(Acts 20:20)

and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

(Acts 21:21)

crying out, “Men of Israel, come to our aid! This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”

(Acts 21:28)

preaching thekingdomofGodand teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

(Acts 28:31)

Strengthened G1991

Strongs: ἐπιστηρίζω ep-ee-stay-rid’-zo From G1909 and G4741; to support further, that is, reestablish: – confirm, strengthen.

Thayer: 1) to establish besides, strengthen more 2) to render more firm, confirm

NASEC: to make stronger: – strengthened (1), strengthening (2).

strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter thekingdomofGod.”

(Acts 14:22)

Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.  (Acts 15:32)

And he was traveling throughSyriaandCilicia, strengthening the churches.

(Acts 15:41)

Preaching G2097

Strongs: εὐαγγελίζω, yoo-ang-ghel-id’-zo From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: – declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).

Thayer: 1) to bring good news, to announce glad tidings 1a) used in the OT of any kind of good news 1a1) of the joyful tidings of God’s kindness, in particular, of the Messianic blessings 1b) in the NT used especially of the glad tidings of the coming kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation 1c) glad tidings are brought to one, one has glad tidings proclaimed to him 1d) to proclaim glad tidings 1d1) instruct (men) concerning the things that pertain to Christian salvation

NASEC: to announce good news: – bring…good news (2), bring good news (1), brought…good news (1), good news (5), good news preached (2), gospel (2), gospel preached (2), preach (4), preach the gospel (11), preach…a gospel (1), preach…the good news (1), preached (11), preached the gospel (4), preaching (8), preaching the good news (1), preaching the gospel (4), preaching…a gospel (1).

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

(Acts 5:42)

Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.

(Acts 8:4)

But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about thekingdomofGodand the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.

(Acts 8:12)

So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back toJerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

(Acts 8:25)

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

(Acts 8:35)

But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came toCaesarea.

(Acts 8:40)

“The word which He sent to the sons ofIsrael, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)–

(Acts 10:36)

But there were some of them, men ofCyprusandCyrene, who came toAntiochand began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.

(Acts 11:20)

“And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,

(Acts 13:32)

and there they continued to preach the gospel.

(Acts 14:7)

and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.

(Acts 14:15)

After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and toAntioch,

(Acts 14:21)

But Paul and Barnabas stayed inAntioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

(Acts 15:35)

When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go intoMacedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

(Acts 16:10)

And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”–because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.

(Acts 17:18)


Debate G2214

Strongs: ζήτησις dzay’-tay-sis From G2212; a searching (properly the act), that is, a dispute or its theme: – question.

Thayer: 1) a seeking 2) enquiry 3) a questioning, debate 4) a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy; noun feminine

NASEC: a search, questioning: – controversial questions (1), controversies (1), debate (2), discussion (1), how to investigate (1), speculations (1).

And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up toJerusalemto the apostles and elders concerning this issue.  (Acts 15:2)

After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.  (Acts 15:7)

Proclaim G2605

Strongs: καταγγέλλω kat-ang-gel’-lo From G2596 and the base of G32; to proclaim, promulgate: – declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.

Thayer: 1) to announce, declare, promulgate, make known 2) to proclaim publicly, publish 3) to denounce, report, betray; verb

NASEC: to proclaim: – announced (1), proclaim (7), proclaimed (5), proclaiming (5).

When they reachedSalamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.  (Acts 13:5)

Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.  (Acts 15:32)

Proclaim G2784

Strongs: κηρύσσω kay-roos’-so Of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel): – preach (-er), proclaim, publish.

Thayer: 1) to be a herald, to officiate as a herald 1a) to proclaim after the manner of a herald 1b) always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an authority which must be listened to and obeyed 2) to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done 3) used of the public proclamation of the gospel and matters pertaining to it, made by John the Baptist, by Jesus, by the apostles and other Christian teachers

NASEC: to be a herald, proclaim: – made proclamation (1), preach (16), preached (10), preacher (1), preaches (2), preaching (11), proclaim (8), proclaimed (6), proclaiming (6).

“And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.

(Acts 3:24)

being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

(Acts 4:2)

When they reachedSalamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.

(Acts 13:5)

“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

(Acts 13:38)

After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.”

(Acts 15:36)

Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”

(Acts 16:17)

and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

(Acts 16:21)

explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

(Acts 17:3)

But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul inBereaalso, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.

(Acts 17:13)

“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

(Acts 17:23)

that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

(Acts 26:23)

 


Crying Out G2896

Strongs: κράζω krad’-zo A primary verb; properly to “croak” (as a raven) or scream, that is, (generally) to call aloud (shriek, exclaim, intreat): – cry (out).

Thayer: 1) to croak 1a) of the cry of a raven 1b) hence, to cry out, cry aloud, vociferate 1c) to cry or pray for vengeance 2) to cry 2a) cry out aloud, speak with a loud voice; verb

NASEC: to scream, cry out: – cried (20), cries (2), cry (5), crying (12), screaming (1), screams (1), shout (1), shouted (4), shouting (8).

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out  (Acts 14:14)

But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

(Acts 23:6)

Speak, talk G2980

Strongs: λαλέω lal-eh’-o A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words: – preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter. Compare G3004.

Thayer: 1) to utter a voice or emit a sound 2) to speak 2a) to use the tongue or the faculty of speech 2b) to utter articulate sounds 3) to talk 4) to utter, tell 5) to use words in order to declare one’s mind and disclose one’s thoughts 5a) to speak; verb

NASEC: from λαλός lalos (talkative); to talk: – made (1), proclaiming (1), said (6), say (5), saying (7), says (2), speak (95), speak forth (1), speaking (54), speaks (25), spoke (44), spoken (38), stating (1), talked (1), talking (5), tell (1), telling (1), things spoken (2), told (7), uttered (1), whispered *(1).

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

(Acts 2:4)

And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

(Acts 2:6)

They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

(Acts 2:7)

Cretans and Arabs–we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”

(Acts 2:11)

he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY.

(Acts 2:31)

whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

(Acts 3:21)

“Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.

(Acts 3:22)

“And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.

(Acts 3:24)

As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them,

(Acts 4:1)

“But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.”

(Acts 4:17)

for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

(Acts 4:20)

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,

(Acts 4:29)

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

(Acts 4:31)

“Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.”

(Acts 5:20)

They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.

(Acts 5:40)

But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. (Acts 6:10)

Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

(Acts 6:11)

They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;

(Acts 6:13)

“But God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS.

(Acts 7:6)

“This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

(Acts 7:38)

“Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.

(Acts 7:44)

So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back toJerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

(Acts 8:25)

But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends fromJerusalemtoGaza.” (This is a desert road.)

(Acts 8:26)

but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”

(Acts 9:6)

But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how atDamascushe had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

(Acts 9:27)

And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.

(Acts 9:29)

When the angel who was speaking to him had left, he summoned two of his servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants,

(Acts 10:7)

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.

(Acts 10:44)

For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,

(Acts 10:46)

and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’

(Acts 11:14)

“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning.

(Acts 11:15)

So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way toPhoeniciaandCyprusandAntioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.

(Acts 11:19)

But there were some of them, men ofCyprusandCyrene, who came toAntiochand began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.

(Acts 11:20)

As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.

(Acts 13:42)

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.

(Acts 13:45)

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

(Acts 13:46)

In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.

(Acts 14:1)

This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well,

(Acts 14:9)

When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

(Acts 14:25)

They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word inAsia;

(Acts 16:6)

And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

(Acts 16:13)

A woman namedLydia, from the city ofThyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

(Acts 16:14)

And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.

(Acts 16:32)

And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?

(Acts 17:19)

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;

(Acts 18:9)

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;

(Acts 18:25)

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

(Acts 19:6)

and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

(Acts 20:30)

But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus inCilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.”

(Acts 21:39)

“And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.

(Acts 22:9)

“And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on intoDamascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’

(Acts 22:10)

As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.

(Acts 23:7)

And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, “We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”

(Acts 23:9)

So he took him and led him to the commander and *said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to lead this young man to you since he has something to tell you.”

(Acts 23:18)

“So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;

(Acts 26:22)

“For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner.

(Acts 26:26)

and when they had gone aside, they began talking to one another, saying, “This man is not doing anything worthy of death or imprisonment.”

(Acts 26:31)

“Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.

(Acts 27:25)

They said to him, “We have neither received letters fromJudeaconcerning you, nor have any of the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you.

(Acts 28:21)

And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

(Acts 28:25)

Said 3004

Strongs: λέγω leg’-o A primary verb; properly to “lay” forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean: – ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say (-ing, on), shew, speak, tell, utter.

Thayer: 1) to say, to speak 1a) affirm over, maintain 1b) to teach 1c) to exhort, advise, to command, direct 1d) to point out with words, intend, mean, mean to say 1e) to call by name, to call, name 1f) to speak out, speak of, mention

NASEC: legō; a prim. vb.; to say: – addressing (1), agree *(1), ask (1), asked (3), asking (4), bring charges (1), call (8), called (34), calling (1), calls (3), claimed (1), claiming (2), command (3), designated (1), follows (1), give (1), gives (1), greeted *(1), made (1), mean (2), means (3), meant (1), mention (1), named (3), ordered (2), quote (1), referred (1), remarking (1), said (1083), said said (1), say (364), saying (440), says (102), shouting (1), so-called (3), speak (22), speaking (17), speaks (6), spoke (18), spoken (26), stated (1), stating (2), talking (5), tell (71), telling (18), thing spoken (1), things spoken (1), thought (1), told (35), using (1).

As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them,  (Acts 4:1)

But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;  (Acts 4:19)

The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.  (Acts 8:6)

Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,  (Acts 10:34)

and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?  (Acts 13:10)

Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:  (Acts 13:16)

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.  (Acts 13:46)

and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.  (Acts 14:15)

Even saying these things, with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.  (Acts 14:18)

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”  (Acts 15:5)

After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.  (Acts 15:7)

They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word inAsia;

(Acts 16:6)

And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

(Acts 16:13)

A woman namedLydia, from the city ofThyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

(Acts 16:14)

And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.

(Acts 16:32)

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;

(Acts 18:9)

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;

(Acts 18:25)

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

(Acts 19:6)

and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

(Acts 20:30)

But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus inCilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.”

(Acts 21:39)

“And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.

(Acts 22:9)

“And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go on intoDamascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’

(Acts 22:10)

And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

(Acts 28:25)

Guide G3594

Strongs: ὁδηγέω hod-ayg-eh’-o From G3595; to show the way (literally or figuratively [teach]): – guide, lead.

Thayer: 1) to be a guide, lead on one’s way, to guide 2) to be a guide or a teacher 2a) to give guidance to; verb

NASEC: to lead, guide, teach: – guide (3), guides (2).

And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.  (Acts 8:31)

Exhorting G3870

Strongs: παρακαλέω par-ak-al-eh’-o From G3844 and G2564; to call near, that is, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): – beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.

Thayer: 1) to call to one’s side, call for, summon 2) to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc. 2a) to admonish, exhort  2b) to beg, entreat, beseech 2b1) to strive to appease by entreaty 2c) to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort 2c1) to receive consolation, be comforted2d) to encourage, strengthen 2e) exhorting and comforting and encouraging 2f) to instruct, teach

NASEC: to call to or for, to exhort, to encourage: – appeal (4), appealed (1), appealing (2), beg (1), begging (2), beseeching (1), comfort (5), comforted (11), comforts (2), conciliate (1), encourage (6), encouraged (4), encouraging (3), entreat (1), exhort (8), exhortation *(1), exhortations (1), exhorted (2), exhorting (3), exhorts (1), given (1), implore (4), implored (9), imploring (5), invited (2), making an appeal (1), plead (1), pleaded (1), pleading (1), preach (1), requested (1), urge (17), urged (5), urging (1).

And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”

(Acts 2:40)

And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

(Acts 8:31)

Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.”

(Acts 9:38)

Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;

(Acts 11:23)

As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.

(Acts 13:42)

strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter thekingdomofGod.”

(Acts 14:22)

Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message.

(Acts 15:32)

A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man ofMacedoniawas standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over toMacedoniaand help us.”

(Acts 16:9)

They went out of the prison and entered the house ofLydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

(Acts 16:40)

After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he left to go toMacedonia.

(Acts 20:1)

When he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came toGreece.

(Acts 20:2)

“For this reason, therefore, I requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope ofIsrael.”

(Acts 28:20)

Sharp Disagreement G3948

Strongs: παροξυσμός par-ox-oos-mos’ From G3947 (“paroxysm”); incitement (to good), or dispute (in anger): – contention, provoke unto.

Thayer: 1) an inciting, incitement 2) irritation; noun masculine

NASEC: stimulation, provocation: – sharp disagreement (1), stimulate (1).

And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away toCyprus.  (Acts 15:39)

Spoken out Boldly G3955

Strongs: παῤῥησιάζομαι par-hray-see-ad’-zom-ahee Middle voice from G3954; to be frank in utterance, or confident in spirit and demeanor: – be (wax) bold, (preach, speak) boldly.

Thayer: 1) to use freedom in speaking, be free spoken 1a) to speak freely 2) to grow confident, have boldness, show assurance, assume a bold bearing

NASEC: to speak freely or boldly: – confidence (1), had the boldness (1), speak out boldly (1), speak boldly (1), speaking out boldly (2), speaking boldly (1), spoke out boldly (1), spoken out boldly (1).

But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how atDamascushe had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

(Acts 9:27)

And he was with them, moving about freely inJerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.

(Acts 9:28)

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

(Acts 13:46)

Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.

(Acts 14:3)

and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla andAquilaheard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

(Acts 18:26)

And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about thekingdomofGod.

(Acts 19:8)

“For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner.

(Acts 26:26)

Dissension G4714

Strongs: στάσις stas’-is From the base of G2476; a standing (properly the act), that is, (by analogy) position (existence); by implication a popular uprising; figuratively controversy: – dissension, insurrection, X standing, uproar.

Thayer: 1) a standing, station, state 2) an insurrection 3) strife, insurrection

NASEC: a rebel, revolutionist: – insurrectionists (1).

 

And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up toJerusalemto the apostles and elders concerning this issue.  (Acts 15:2)

Confounding G4797

Strongs: συγχέω soong-kheh’-o Or συγχύνω soong-khoo’-no From G4862 and χέω “cheō” (to pour) or its alternate; to commingle promiscuously, that is, (figuratively) to throw (an assembly) into disorder, to perplex (the mind): – confound, confuse, stir up, be in an uproar.

Thayer: 1) to pour together, commingle 2) to disturb the mind of one, to stir up to tumult or outbreak 3) to confound or bewilder

NASEC: to pour together, i.e. to confuse, throw into confusion: – bewildered (1), confounding (1), confusion (2), stir (1).

 

But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived atDamascusby proving that this Jesus is the Christ.  (Acts 9:22)

Arguing G4802

Strongs: συζητέω sood-zay-teh’-o From G4862 and G2212; to investigate jointly, that is, discuss, controvert, cavil: – dispute (with), enquire, question (with), reason (together).

Thayer: 1) to seek or examine together 2) in the NT to discuss, dispute, question

NASEC: to examine together, hence to dispute: – argue (1), argued (1), arguing (3), debated (1), discuss (1), discussing (3).

But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia andAsia, rose up and argued with Stephen.  But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  (Acts 6:9-10)

And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.  (Acts 9:29)

Proving G4822

Strongs: συμβιβάζω soom-bib-ad’-zo From G4862 and βιβάζω bibazō (to force; causatively [by reduplication] of the base of G939); to drive together, that is, unite (in association or affection), (mentally) to infer, show, teach: – compact, assuredly, gather, instruct, knit together, prove.

Thayer: 1) to cause to coalesce, to join together, put together 1a) to unite or knit together: in affection 2) to put together in one’s mind 2a) to compare 2b) to gather, conclude, consider 3) to cause a person to unite with one in a conclusion or come to the same opinion, to prove, demonstrate 3a) to teach, instruct, one

NASEC: to join together, hence to consider, by ext. to teach: – concluded (1), concluding (1), held (1), held together (1), instruct (1), knit together (1), proving (1), together *(1).

But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived atDamascusby proving that this Jesus is the Christ.  (Acts 9:22)

Said G5346

Strongs: φημί fay-mee’ Properly the same as the base of G5457 and G5316; to show or make known one’s thoughts, that is, speak or say: – affirm, say. Compare G3004.

Thayer: 1) to make known one’s thoughts, to declare 2) to say

NASEC: to declare, say: – claim (1), mean (1), replied (1), said (57), say (4), says (2), stated (1).

And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived inHaran,

(Acts 7:2)

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. (Acts 17:22)

And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew dialect, they became even more quiet; and he *said,

(Acts 22:2)

Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense:

(Acts 26:1)

While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus *said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.”

(Acts 26:24)

But Paul *said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth.

(Acts 26:25)

1 Comment »

  1. You touched o a very valid point.The language of people carries in it their culture and that part of language is very hard to translate.Because it is translation into a particular culture formed by many many factors and history itself.I am dutch and know that it is sometimes impossable to translate the dutch languageinto english be cause certain words in dutch carry culture,history and emotional happenings with it and it is impossible to translate into another language.One example of greek translation is the word “love”.In greek there are at least three words to express “love” with deep meaning but when translated in english as “love”has lost the real meaning and will cause deep confusion. e.g. agape,phileo,eros…I once wrote an article about this in regards to the word Jesus uses in coversation with Peter after his resurrection and consequently the meaning of Jesus words are poorly understood !But nevertheless ,the preaching continues without recognition of the real meaning !!
    As far as speaking with “Convition”,that is a “taboo”in civilased Noth Amerika !When I speak to people about my deep jo of following Jesus,my Savior,it makes people sometimes uneasy!Ad yet I cannot hide my JOY !besides that I am Dutch and more outspoken as our culture is.

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