The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul,1 they dragged him2 from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut.
While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar.
He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.333
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound4 with two5 chains.6 Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another,7 and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.835
When Paul reached the steps,9 the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers.
The crowd that followed kept shouting, "Away with him!"10
As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks,11 he asked the commander, "May I say something to you?" "Do you speak Greek?" he replied.
"Aren't you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the desert12 some time ago?"1339
Paul answered, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus14 in Cilicia,15 a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people."
Having received the commander's permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned16 to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaica:17