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26. Then Paul took the men, and the next day

26. Paul readily complied with their Advice, and accordingly goL 4 ing

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* See Ch. xx. 19, & 31.

day purifying himself with them, entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27. And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28. Crying out, Men of Israel, help: this is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and farther, brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29. (For they had seen before with him in the city, Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30. And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forth with the doors were shut.

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31. And as they

went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

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32. who immediately took soldiers, and centurions, and ran down unto them, and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33. Then the chief captain came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains, and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34. And some cryed one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the

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tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.

35. And when he came upon the stairs, so it was that he was born of the soldiers, for the violence of the people.

36. For the multi

35 & 36. The Soldiers were forced to carry him upon their Shoulders, to keep the People from him, who came after them crying out, that he ought to be slain.

tude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

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routed by Felix, but made his * Escape, and was now taken again in the like Attempt.

30. Paul assured him he was no Egyptian, but a jew, a Native of Tarsus, one of the chief Cities of Cilicia, a City of confiderable Figure, and endow’d with Roman Privileges; upon which Considerations, he hop'd he would grant him the Favour of speaking

40. Upon this, the Captain gave him free Leave; and standing upon the Stairs, he demanded Silence, which, out of Respect to the Roman Officer, was soon made; and then he made his Defence in the Syriac Language ; which being the Language then used by the Natives of jerusalem, was called the Hebrew Tongue t.

39. But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a Citizen of no mean city: and I beseech thee, fuffer me to speak unto the people.

in his own Behalf to the People, to whom he had been falsly and maliciously accused.

40. And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people: and when there was made a great filence, he ipake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

* 7son, Lib. XX. Cap. vi. Lardener's Credibil. Gosp. Hist. Vol. III. Book ii. Chap. 8. t Sce the Not E on Chap. i. 19, and in Chap. x. 2.

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