31 他们正想杀他的时候，有人报告营部的千夫长，说：“整个耶路撒冷都乱了！”32 千夫长立刻带着一些百夫长和士兵跑到他们那里。众人一看见千夫长和士兵，就停止殴打保罗。33 于是千夫长上前捉住保罗，吩咐人用两条铁链捆住他，问他是什么人，作过什么事。34 那时众人叫这个喊那个，吵吵闹闹，以致千夫长没有办法知道真相，只好下令把保罗带到营楼去。35 保罗到了台阶下面的时候，士兵把他抬起来，因为群众猛挤，36 而且有一群人跟在后面叫喊：“干掉他！”
31 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. 32 He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 The commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. Then he asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. 35 When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers. 36 The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!”
Surely this was Satan’s power, driving the people to such rage that they tried to kill Paul. We should always remember that the enemies of godliness are being urged on by Satan, and then we will not be troubled by it. On the other hand, the wonderful goodness of God suddenly raised up the commander to deliver Paul from death. He himself had no such thought but came to calm the riot; the Lord showed a clear sign of his providence by saving Paul’s life without any human plan.