Then as Paul was about to be led into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I speak to you?”
He replied, “Can you speak Greek? 38 Are you not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a rebellion and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?”
39 But Paul said, “I am a Jew from Tarsus, in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I implore you, permit me to speak to the people.”
40 So when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, saying, — Acts 21:37-40.
Paul persuades the commander to let him talk to the crowd, by underlining that he is a Roman citizen. Paul then begins to address the crowd in Hebrew. This is God-given composure in a situation of great crisis and danger. [Source: Bible Panorama.]