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And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

21:40 Hebrew tongue. Paul had impressed the Roman soldiers with his ability in the Greek language, but the Jewish throng was accustomed to speaking in Aramaic. This is probably what is meant by the “Hebrew tongue”—that is, the tongue commonly spoken by the Hebrews.

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