The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleActs 21:35
And when he came upon the stairs…
Or steps, which led
up to the castle; for it was built upon a very high place, as
appears from the account of it in the preceding verse; to which
agrees what Aristaeas F7 says of it in the following words;
``in order to have knowledge of all things, we went up to a
castle adjoining to the city, which is situated in a very
high place, fortified with very high towers, built with
large stones, as we supposed for the preservation of the
places about the temple, if there should be any lying in
wait, or tumult, or enemies should enter; so that none
might be able to make way in at the walls about the
temple; for in the towers of the castle lay very sharp
darts and various instruments, and the place was upon a
very great eminence.''
So it was that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the
the sense is, either that the crowd of the people was so
great, and they so pressed upon Paul and the soldiers that conducted
him, that he was even thrown upon them, and bore up by them; or else
such was the rage of the people against him, that the soldiers were
obliged to take him up in their arms, and carry him, in order to
secure him from being tore in pieces by them.
F7 Hist. de 70 Interpret. p. 36. Ed. Oxon.