Bible: Acts 21:27-40

21:27 When the seven days were almost over, 1  the Jews from the province of Asia 2  who had seen him in the temple area 3  stirred up the whole crowd 4  and seized 5  him, 21:28 shouting, “Men of Israel, 6  help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, 7  and this sanctuary! 8  Furthermore 9  he has brought Greeks into the inner courts of the temple 10  and made this holy place ritually unclean! 11  21:29 (For they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him previously, and 12  they assumed Paul had brought him into the inner temple courts.) 13  21:30 The whole city was stirred up, 14  and the people rushed together. 15  They seized 16  Paul and dragged him out of the temple courts, 17  and immediately the doors were shut. 21:31 While they were trying 18  to kill him, a report 19  was sent up 20  to the commanding officer 21  of the cohort 22  that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 23  21:32 He 24  immediately took 25  soldiers and centurions 26  and ran down to the crowd. 27  When they saw 28  the commanding officer 29  and the soldiers, they stopped beating 30  Paul. 21:33 Then the commanding officer 31  came up and arrested 32  him and ordered him to be tied up with two chains; 33  he 34  then asked who he was and what 35  he had done. 21:34 But some in the crowd shouted one thing, and others something else, 36  and when the commanding officer 37  was unable 38  to find out the truth 39  because of the disturbance, 40  he ordered Paul 41  to be brought into the barracks. 42  21:35 When he came to the steps, Paul 43  had to be carried 44  by the soldiers because of the violence 45  of the mob, 21:36 for a crowd of people 46  followed them, 47  screaming, “Away with him! 21:37 As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, 48  he said 49  to the commanding officer, 50 May I say 51  something to you?” The officer 52  replied, 53 Do you know Greek? 54  21:38 Then you’re not that Egyptian who started a rebellion 55  and led the four thousand men of the ‘Assassins 56  into the wilderness 57  some time ago? 58  21:39 Paul answered, 59 I am a Jew 60  from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. 61  Please 62  allow me to speak to the people.” 21:40 When the commanding officer 63  had given him permission, 64  Paul stood 65  on the steps and gestured 66  to the people with his hand. When they had become silent, 67  he addressed 68  them in Aramaic, 69 

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