Assayed to profane (epeirasen bebhlwsai). A flat untruth, but the charge of the Asian Jews ( Acts 21:28-30 ). Verbum optum ad calumnian (Bengel). We seized (ekrathsamen). As if the Sanhedrin had arrested Paul, Tertullus identifying himself with his clients. But it was the mob ( Acts 21:28-31 ) that attacked Paul and Lysias who rescued him ( Acts 21:32 ).