What is the meaning of "testify, they would" here?

In the following quote, I can't really make sense of the construction "testify, they would." Does it mean something like, "They [the Christians] would indeed testify"?

"That day when pilgrims “from every nation under heaven” gathered for Pentecost, Esther’s crown came full circle. The beauty of the princess bride of Christ would not be skin deep. It would be Spirit-deep. Beaten, bloody, and scattered, she would draw strength from Rome’s persecution, rise to her royal feet and write with “full authority to confirm” (Esth. 9:29) the gospel of Jesus Christ. Testify, they would, until the canon of Scripture was complete."

5 Answers

  • Dave
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    It's just a style-change from what the usual English sequence *usually* is. It is acceptable, and understood. And it is punctuated correctly (because it's a bit unusual). 

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In this context, it means confirm or verify, given the opportunity.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Testify - make a testimony or in the biblical sense a testament. 

    In this case what would become the New Testament.

  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I think "they" is the pilgrims mentioned in the first sentence. And, of course, the last sentence is Yoda-speak. A normal speaker would say "They would testify..."

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  • 1 month ago

    It means to continue presenting their case and never give up.

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