But we hoped (hmei de hlpizomen). Imperfect active, we were hoping. Note emphasis in hmei (we). Redeem (lutrousqai). From the bondage of Rome, no doubt. Yea and beside all this (alla ge kai sun pasin toutoi). Particles pile up to express their emotions. Yea (alla here affirmative, as in verse Ephesians 22 , not adversative) at least (ge) also (kai) together with all these things (sun pasin toutoi). Like Pelion on Ossa with them in their perplexity. Now the third day (trithn tauthn hmeran agei). A difficult idiom for the English. "One is keeping this a third day." And he is still dead and we are still without hope.