Was exceeding glad (ecarh lian). Second aorist passive indicative of cairw, ingressive aorist, became glad. Of a long time (ex ikanwn cronwn). For this idiom see Acts 8:27 ; Acts 20:9 ; Acts 8:11 ). He hoped (hlpizen). Imperfect active. He was still hoping. He had long ago gotten over his fright that Jesus was John the Baptist come to life again ( Acts 9:7-9 ). Done (ginomenon). Present middle participle. He wanted to see a miracle happening like a stunt of a sleight-of-hand performer.