Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another,1 and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.235
When Paul reached the steps,3 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!"4
As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks,5 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 desert6 some time ago?"739
Paul answered, "I am a Jew, from Tarsus8 in Cilicia,9 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 motioned10 to the crowd. When they were all silent, he said to them in Aramaica:11