The soldiers carry Paul (Acts 21:35)

“When Paul

Came to the steps,

The violence of the mob

Was so great

That he had to be carried

By the soldiers.”

ὅτε δὲ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀναβαθμούς, συνέβη βαστάζεσθαι αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τῶν στρατιωτῶν διὰ τὴν βίαν τοῦ ὄχλου·

The author of Acts indicated that when Paul came (ὅτε δὲ ἐγένετο) to the flight of steps (ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀναβαθμούς), the violence (διὰ τὴν βίαν) of the mob or the crowd (τοῦ ὄχλου) was so great that he had to be carried (συνέβη βαστάζεσθαι αὐτὸν) by the soldiers (ὑπὸ τῶν στρατιωτῶν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words ἀναβαθμούς, that means a going up, an ascent, or a flight of steps, and βίαν, that means strength, force, or violence.  People knew that there was a well-known flight of stairs leading up from the Temple to the tower of Antonia in Jerusalem.  Paul had to be carried up these stairs by the Roman soldiers, because the violence of this crowd was so strong.  Have you ever been carried upstairs?

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