Acts 21:18-40 (New American Standard)

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18 And the following day Paul went in with us to a1James, and all 2the elders were present. 19 After he had greeted them, he 3began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his 4ministry. 20 And when they heard it they began 5glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many bthousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all 6zealous for the Law; 21 and they have been told about you, that you are 7teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them 8not to circumcise their children nor to cwalk according to 9the customs. 22 "What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 "Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who d10are under a vow; 24 take them and 11purify yourself along with them, and epay their expenses so that they may 12shave their fheads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law. 25 "But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, 13having decided that they should abstain from gmeat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication." 26 Then Paul htook the men, and the next day, 14purifying himself along with them, 15went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

Paul Seized in the Temple

27 When 16the seven days were almost over, 17the Jews from i18Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, "Men of Israel, come to our aid! 19This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has 20defiled this holy place." 29 For they had previously seen 21Trophimus the 22Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was provoked, and jthe people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they 23dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. 31 While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the kcommander of the 24Roman lcohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 At once he 25took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the mcommander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the ncommander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be 26bound with 27two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done. 34 But among the crowd 28some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the ofacts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into 29the barracks. 35 When he got to 30the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the pmob; 36 for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting, "31Away with him!" 37 As Paul was about to be brought into 32the barracks, he said to the qcommander, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek? 38 "Then you are not 33the Egyptian who some rtime ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out 34into the wilderness?" 39 But Paul said, "35I am a Jew of Tarsus in 36Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city; and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people." 40 When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on 37the stairs, 38motioned to the people with his hand; and when there swas a great hush, he spoke to them in the t39Hebrew dialect, saying,
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