But before all these things (pro de toutwn pantwn). In Mark 13:8 ; Matthew 24:8 these things are termed "the beginning of travail." That may be the idea here. Plummer insists that priority of time is the point, not magnitude. Bringing you (apagomenou). Present passive participle from apagw, an old verb to lead off or away. But here the participle is in the accusative plural, not the nominative like paradidonte (present active participle, delivering you up), agreeing with uma not expressed the object of paradidonte, "you being brought before or led off." "A technical term in Athenian legal language" (Bruce).