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.133
The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound2 with two3 chains.4 Then he asked who he was and what he had done.
Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another,5 and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.635
When Paul reached the steps,7 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!"8
As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks,9 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 desert10 some time ago?"1139
Paul answered, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus12 in Cilicia,13 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 motioned14 to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaica:15