Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
This man [i.e., Paul] was grabbed by the Jews and almost killed by them when I discovered what they were doing and rescued him, after learning that he was a Roman citizen.
When they heard this they became extremely angry and shouted out, "Great is [the goddess] Artemis, of the Ephesians."
[So], the entire city was stirred up, and the mob rushed together and attacked Paul, dragging him out of the Temple. Immediately the [Temple] doors were closed [i.e., to secure it from further intrusion].
You people [already] know this [or, "you should know this"], my dearly loved brothers. However, every person should be quick to listen, slow to talk and slow in becoming angry.
But if you people have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, do not be arrogant [over it] and deny the truth.
Where do conflicts and fights among you come from? Do they not come from your [desire for] pleasures which produces inner conflict?
the commander ordered Paul to be brought to headquarters and requested that he be interrogated by means of a flogging, in order to learn the reason why people were shouting against him.