29 (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus,* and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.)1
30 The whole population of the city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him.
31 As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 He immediately called out his soldiers and officers and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.
33 The commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. Then he asked the crowd who he was and what he had done.
34 Some shouted one thing and some another. He couldn't find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, so he ordered Paul to be taken to the fortress.
35 As they reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift Paul to their shoulders to protect him.
36 And the crowd followed behind shouting, "Kill him, kill him!"
37 As Paul was about to be taken inside, he said to the commander, "May I have a word with you?" "Do you know Greek?" the commander asked, surprised.
38 "Aren't you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took four thousand members of the Assassins out into the desert?"
39 "No," Paul replied, "I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, which is an important city. Please, let me talk to these people."
40 The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.*2
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