King Herod gives an oration (Acts 12:21)

“On an appointed day,

Herod put on

His royal robes.

He took his seat

On the platform throne.

He delivered

A public address

To them.”

τακτῇ δὲ ἡμέρᾳ ὁ Ἡρῴδης ἐνδυσάμενος ἐσθῆτα βασιλικὴν καθίσας ἐπὶ τοῦ βήματος ἐδημηγόρει πρὸς αὐτούς·

The author of Acts indicated that on an appointed day (τακτῇ δὲ ἡμέρᾳ), King Herod Agrippa I (ὁ Ἡρῴδης) put on (ἐνδυσάμενος) his royal robes (ἐσθῆτα βασιλικὴν).  He took his seat (καθίσας) on the platform throne (ἐπὶ τοῦ βήματος).  He then delivered a public address (ἐδημηγόρει) to them (πρὸς αὐτούς).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐδημηγόρει, that means to deliver a public address, make a public speech, or address a multitude.  King Herod Agrippa I decided to make a public address to the people from Tyre and Sidon from his throne, on an agreed upon day, presumably in Caesarea.  Have you ever been to a public hearing of a government official?

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