The Pharisee scribes find nothing wrong (Acts 23:9)

“Then a great clamor arose.

Some of the scribes

Of the Pharisees’ party

Stood up.

They contended.

‘We find nothing wrong

With this man.

What if a spirit

Or an angel

Has spoken to him?’”

ἐγένετο δὲ κραυγὴ μεγάλη, καὶ ἀναστάντες τινὲς τῶν γραμματέων τοῦ μέρους τῶν Φαρισαίων διεμάχοντο λέγοντες Οὐδὲν κακὸν εὑρίσκομεν ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τούτῳ· εἰ δὲ πνεῦμα ἐλάλησεν αὐτῷ ἢ ἄγγελος

The author of Acts indicated that then a great clamor arose (ἐγένετο δὲ κραυγὴ μεγάλη).  Some of the scribes (τινὲς τῶν γραμματέων) of the Pharisees’ party (τοῦ μέρους τῶν Φαρισαίων) stood up (καὶ ἀναστάντες).  They contended (διεμάχοντο) saying (λέγοντες) that they found nothing wrong (Οὐδὲν κακὸν εὑρίσκομεν) with this man (ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τούτῳ), Paul.  What if a spirit (εἰ δὲ πνεῦμα) or an angel (ἢ ἄγγελος) had spoken (ἐλάλησεν) to him (αὐτῷ)?  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word διεμάχοντο, that means to struggle against, strive greatly, or contend fiercely.  Now that there was a lot of dissension going on.  Then some of the Scribes from the Pharisee group stood up and said that they found nothing wrong with this man called Paul.  Maybe a spirit or an angel had spoken to him.  There was nothing wrong with that.  The Pharisees began to defend their fellow Pharisee Paul, while at the same time defending their belief in angels, spirits, and the resurrection.  Paul had found some allies or supporters among the Pharisees.  Did you realize how closely aligned Paul was with the Pharisees?

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