Now the commander has to think quickly to salvage the situation. If Paul is released, he will either be stoned to death immediately by the angry mob waiting for him outside, or he will escape and appeal to the commander’s superior. In either case, the outcome will not be good for the commander or his subordinates. “Release him from his bindings,” the commander orders. The soldiers do so immediately. “You are to remain here for the night, both for your protection, and so that I may hold a hearing in the morning to learn more about this matter,” he informs Paul. “Centurion, give this man quarters, and place a guard outside of his door.” In the morning, the commander calls the Sanhedrin to come to the barracks and has Paul brought to the room where the hearing is to take place.