Strove (diemaconto). Imperfect middle of diamacomai, old Attic verb, to fight it out (between, back and forth, fiercely). Here only in the N.T. It was a lively scrap and Luke pictures it as going on. The Pharisees definitely take Paul's side. And what if a spirit hath spoken to him or an angel? (ei de pneuma elalhsen autwi h aggelo?). This is aposiopesis, not uncommon in the N.T., as in Luke 13:9 ; John 6:62 (Robertson, Grammar, p. 1203). See one also in Exodus 32:32 .