While Paul was at Jerusalem, he reported to the people all the things that God had done through him in the Gentiles.
When the people heard him, they praised God.
Then they said to him, “There are many Jews who had accepted Jesus Christ at Jerusalem.
But they heard you preaching that the Jews should not follow Moses’ law anymore.
So now we have four purified men with here. Take them with you into the temple and get circumcised.”
Paul listened to what they said and he took the four men into the temple and was circumcised.
While Paul was there, some Jews from Asia saw him and they stirred up the people against him.
The people came all together and rushed over to Paul and pulled him out of the temple. Then they brought Paul to the commander of the garrison.
There was such a big riot in Jerusalem. The soldiers ran toward Paul and the people stopped beating Paul.
The commander came over and have Paul chained. Then he asked Paul what crime have he committed.
Half of the crowd shouted one thing while the other half of the crowd shouted another thing.
The commander commanded that Paul be taken into the barracks. The soldier had to carry Paul because the uproar was so great.
After Paul got inside the barracks, he asked the commander to let him speak to the people and he gave him permission.
Paul motioned his hand to the people and they became quiet.
Then Paul said to them, “I am a Jew and I was born in Tarsus. I was taught by Gamaliel the law of our ancestors and was very enthusiastic in it. I had persecuted Christian men and women. I put them in prisons and also kill them.
But one day, while I was on the way to Damascus, a light shone on me and I heard God calling me.
At that moment, I was convicted. After that, my eyes couldn’t see and I was led into Damascus. A man named Ananias laid his hands over my eyes and I can see again.
Ananias said to me, ‘God had chosen you to know His will and to become a witness to everyone of what you have seen and heard.’
Now, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, God said to me,’ Get up and leave Jerusalem now.’
But I said, ‘Lord, they know that I used to persecute the Christians. And when Stephen was dead, I was there to witness his death.'”
The people refused to listen to Paul anymore and they shouted all together, “Kill Paul. He does not deserve to live!”
Then the soldiers took Paul into the barracks again.