Acts 21:31
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New International Version
While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar.

New Living Translation
As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

English Standard Version
And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

Berean Study Bible
While they were trying to kill him, the commander of the Roman regiment received a report that all Jerusalem was in turmoil.

Berean Literal Bible
And of them seeking to kill him, a report came to the commander of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in an uproar,

New American Standard Bible
While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

King James Bible
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As they were trying to kill him, word went up to the commander of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in chaos.

International Standard Version
The crowd was trying to kill Paul when a report reached the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

NET Bible
While they were trying to kill him, a report was sent up to the commanding officer of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

New Heart English Bible
As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And while the crowd was seeking to kill him, it was heard by the Chiliarch of the regiment that the whole city had been stirred up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As the people were trying to kill Paul, the officer in charge of the Roman soldiers received a report that all Jerusalem was rioting.

New American Standard 1977
And while they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the tribunal of the company that all Jerusalem was in an uproar

King James 2000 Bible
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

American King James Version
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

American Standard Version
And as they were seeking to kill him, tidings came up to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as they went about to kill him, it was told the tribune of the band, That all Jerusalem was in confusion.

Darby Bible Translation
And as they were seeking to kill him, a representation came to the chiliarch of the band that the whole of Jerusalem was in a tumult;

English Revised Version
And as they were seeking to kill him, tidings came up to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as they went about to kill him, tidings came to the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Weymouth New Testament
But while they were trying to kill Paul, word was taken up to the Tribune in command of the battalion, that all Jerusalem was in a ferment.

World English Bible
As they were trying to kill him, news came up to the commanding officer of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

Young's Literal Translation
and they seeking to kill him, a rumour came to the chief captain of the band that all Jerusalem hath been thrown into confusion,
Study Bible
Paul Seized in the Temple
30The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31While they were trying to kill him, the commander of the Roman regiment received a report that all Jerusalem was in turmoil. 32Immediately he took some soldiers and centurions and ran down to the crowd. When the people saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.…
Cross References
Matthew 27:27
Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company around Him.

Acts 10:1
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was called the Italian Regiment.

Acts 26:21
For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me.

2 Corinthians 11:26
In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and in the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers,
Treasury of Scripture

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

as.

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John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

chief.

Acts 23:17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, Bring this …

Acts 24:7,22 But the chief captain Lysias came on us, and with great violence …

Acts 25:23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great …

John 18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, …

that all.

Acts 21:38 Are not you that Egyptian, which before these days made an uproar…

Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

Acts 19:40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar…

1 Kings 1:41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they …

Matthew 26:5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Mark 14:2 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

(31) The chief captain of the band.--On the word "band," and its relation to the Latin "cohort," see Notes on Acts 10:1; Matthew 27:27. On the word for "chief captain" (literally, chiliarch, or "captain of a thousand men," the cohort being the sixth part of the legion, which consisted of 6, 000), see Note on Matthew 8:29. They were stationed in the tower known as Antonia, built by Herod the Great, and named in honour of the Triumvir, which stood on the north-west side of the Temple area, on a rock, with a turret at each corner, and two flights of stairs leading to the arcades on the northern and western sides of the Temple. The Roman garrison was obviously stationed there to command the crowds of pilgrims, and was likely to be on the alert at a time like the Pentecost Feast. The Procurator Felix, however, was for the time at Csarea. The next verse shows that their appearance was sufficient at once to strike some kind of awe into the turbulent mob. Once again the Apostle owed his safety from violence to the interposition of the civil power, (See Notes on Acts 18:14-17.) The "beating" would seem to have been rough treatment with the fists rather than any regular punishment.

Verse 31. - Were seeking for went about, A.V.; up to for unto, A.V.; confusion for an uproar, A.V. Tidings; φάσις, only here in the New Testament. The legal use of the word in Greek is an "information" against any one laid before a magistrate. Here it is the information conveyed to the tribune by the sentinels on guard (Lange; see Hist. of Susanna 55). Came up; viz. to the castle of Antonia, to which steps led up from the temple area on the north-west side (see vers. 32 and 35). The chief captain; the chiliarch, or tribune; literally, the commander of a thousand men (see John 18:12). The band (τῆς σπείρης); the cohort which formed the Roman garrison of Antonia (see Acts 10:1, note; also vers. 32, 33, etc.; Acts 22:24, 26, etc.). And as they went about to kill him,.... In the manner as zealots did, without bringing him before any court of judicature, without any charge, trial, and condemnation:

tidings came unto the chief captain of the band; the Roman band of soldiers, who were placed near the temple, to keep the peace of the city, and persons in order; and who were more especially needful, at such a time as the feast of Pentecost, when there was such a great concourse of people in the city, and indeed always were in arms at such times (b); this chief captain was Claudius Lysias, as appears from Acts 23:26 to him the report of the disturbance was brought; or as it is in the Greek text, the "fame ascended" to him; who very likely might be in the tower of Antonia, which joined to the temple:

that all Jerusalem was in an uproar; or in confusion, and therefore it became him, as a Roman officer, to take care to quell it, lest it should issue in sedition and rebellion.

(b) Joseph. de Bello Jud. l. 2. c. 12. sect. 1. & l. 5. c. 5. sect. 8. 31. tidings came—literally, "went up," that is, to the fortress of Antonia, where the commandant resided. See on [2087]Ac 21:32. This part of the narrative is particularly graphic.21:27-40 In the temple, where Paul should have been protected as in a place of safety, he was violently set upon. They falsely charged him with ill doctrine and ill practice against the Mosaic ceremonies. It is no new thing for those who mean honestly and act regularly, to have things laid to their charge which they know not and never thought of. It is common for the wise and good to have that charged against them by malicious people, with which they thought to have obliged them. God often makes those a protection to his people, who have no affection to them, but only have compassion for sufferers, and regard to the public peace. And here see what false, mistaken notions of good people and good ministers, many run away with. But God seasonably interposes for the safety of his servants, from wicked and unreasonable men; and gives them opportunities to speak for themselves, to plead for the Redeemer, and to spread abroad his glorious gospel.
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