Listen to the defense
That I now make before you.’”
λέγων Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοὶ καὶ πατέρες, ἀκούσατέ μου τῆς πρὸς ὑμᾶς νυνὶ ἀπολογίας.
The author of Acts indicated that Paul called (λέγων) these men (Ἄνδρες) brothers (ἀδελφοὶ) and fathers (καὶ πατέρες). He wanted them to listen (ἀκούσατέ) to his defense (ἀπολογίας) that he was now going to make before them (μου τῆς πρὸς ὑμᾶς νυνὶ). Paul spoke in Aramaic calling the Jews men in Jerusalem his brothers or fathers. He wanted them to listen to his apologia or defense of his life that he was going to make before them. He wanted to defend himself against any false charges. Have you ever been accused falsely?