Acts 21:27-40 (New American Standard)

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Paul Seized in the Temple

27 When 1the seven days were almost over, 2the Jews from a3Asia, 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 ! 4This 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 5defiled this holy place." 29 For they had previously seen 6Trophimus the 7Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30 Then all the city was provoked, and bthe people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they 8dragged 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 ccommander of the 9Roman dcohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32 At once he 10took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them; and when they saw the ecommander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the fcommander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be 11bound with 12two chains ; and he began asking who he was and what he had done. 34 But among the crowd 13some were shouting one thing and some another, and when he could not find out the gfacts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into 14the barracks. 35 When he got to 15the stairs, he was carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the hmob ; 36 for the multitude of the people kept following them, shouting, "16Away with him!" 37 As Paul was about to be brought into 17the barracks, he said to the icommander, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek ? 38 "Then you are not 18the Egyptian who some jtime ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out 19into the wilderness ?" 39 But Paul said, "20I am a Jew of Tarsus in 21Cilicia, 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 22the stairs, 23motioned to the people with his hand ; and when there kwas a great hush, he spoke to them in the l24Hebrew dialect, saying,
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