Acts 21:35

35 When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers.

Read Acts 21:35 Using Other Translations

And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.
And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd,
As Paul reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift him to their shoulders to protect him.

What does Acts 21:35 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 21:35

And when he came upon the stairs
Or steps, which led up to the castle; for it was built upon a very high place, as appears from the account of it in the preceding verse; to which agrees what Aristaeas F7 says of it in the following words;

``in order to have knowledge of all things, we went up to a castle adjoining to the city, which is situated in a very high place, fortified with very high towers, built with large stones, as we supposed for the preservation of the places about the temple, if there should be any lying in wait, or tumult, or enemies should enter; so that none might be able to make way in at the walls about the temple; for in the towers of the castle lay very sharp darts and various instruments, and the place was upon a very great eminence.''

So it was that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the
people:
the sense is, either that the crowd of the people was so great, and they so pressed upon Paul and the soldiers that conducted him, that he was even thrown upon them, and bore up by them; or else such was the rage of the people against him, that the soldiers were obliged to take him up in their arms, and carry him, in order to secure him from being tore in pieces by them.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Hist. de 70 Interpret. p. 36. Ed. Oxon.
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