Translated from the Hebrew 'ozen, "ear." In Genesis 23:10 f "in the audience of" is equal to "in the presence of," or "while they listened." Compare Exodus 24:7; 1 Samuel 25:24 (Revised Version (British and American) "in thine ears"); 1 Chronicles 28:8; Nehemiah 13:1. In the New Testament the expression "to give audience" (Acts 22:22; 13:16, the Revised Version (British and American) "hearken"; Acts 15:12, the Revised Version (British and American) "they hearkened") translated from the Greek akouo "to hear" or derivatives, and means "to listen," "to pay attention." In the King James Version Luke 7:1 (Revised Version, "in the ears of") and the King James Version Luke 20:45 (Revised Version, "in the hearing of") the usage is similar to that of the Old Testament.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AUDIENCE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.