As they were trying to kill him, word went up to the commander of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in chaos.
Taking along soldiers and centurions, he immediately ran down to them. Seeing the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.
Then the commander came up, took him into custody, and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He asked who he was and what he had done.
He summoned two of his centurions and said, "Get 200 soldiers ready with 70 cavalry and 200 spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight.
Also provide mounts so they can put Paul on them and bring him safely to Felix the governor."
He wrote a letter of this kind:
Claudius Lysias, To the most excellent governor Felix: Greetings.
When this man had been seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them, I arrived with my troops and rescued him because I learned that he is a Roman citizen.
Wanting to know the charge for which they were accusing him, I brought him down before their Sanhedrin.
I found out that the accusations were about disputed matters in their law, and that there was no charge that merited death or chains.
When I was informed that there was a plot against the man, I sent him to you right away. I also ordered his accusers to state their case against him in your presence.
Therefore, during the night, the soldiers took Paul and brought him to Antipatris as they were ordered.
The next day, they returned to the barracks, allowing the cavalry to go on with him.
For they can't sleep unless they have done what is evil; they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
When Paul got to the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the mob's violence,
When the dispute became violent, the commander feared that Paul might be torn apart by them and ordered the troops to go down, rescue him from them, and bring him into the barracks.