Assayed to profane (epeirasen bebēlōsai). A flat untruth, but the charge of the Asian Jews (Act 21:28-30). Verbum optum ad calumnian (Bengel).
We seized (ekratēsamen). As if the Sanhedrin had arrested Paul, Tertullus identifying himself with his clients. But it was the mob (Act 21:28-31) that attacked Paul and Lysias who rescued him (Act 21:32.).