And there occurred a greatuproar; and some of 1the scribes of the Pharisaicpartystood up and began to argueheatedly, saying, "2We findnothingwrong with thisman; 3suppose a spiritor an angel has spoken to him?"
And as a greatdissension was developing, the acommander was afraidPaul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to godown and take him away from them by force, and bring him into 4the barracks.
But on 5the night immediately following, the Lordstood at his side and said, "6Takecourage; for 7as you have 8solemnlywitnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you mustwitness at Romealso."
When it was day, 9the Jewsformed a bconspiracy and 10boundthemselvesunder an oath, saying that they would neithereatnordrinkuntil they had killedPaul.
There were more than forty who formedthisplot.
They came to the chiefpriests and the elders and said, "We have 11boundourselvesunder a solemnoath to tastenothinguntil we have killedPaul15"Nowtherefore, you cand 12the dCouncilnotify the ecommander to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case by a morethoroughinvestigation; and we for our part are ready to slay him before he comesnear the place."
But the son of Paul'ssisterheard of their ambush, fand he came and entered13the barracks and toldPaul.
17Paulcalledone of the centurions to him and said, "Leadthisyoungman to the gcommander, for he hassomething to report to him."
18So he took him and led him to the hcommander and said, "Paul14the prisonercalled me to him and asked me to leadthisyoungman to you since he hassomething to tell you."
The icommandertook him by the hand and steppingaside, began to inquire of him privately , "What is it that you have to report to me?