Bible: Acts 28:11-31

Paul Finally Reaches Rome

28:11 After three months we put out to sea 1  in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins 2  as its figurehead. 3  28:12 We put in 4  at Syracuse 5  and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 6  and arrived at Rhegium, 7  and after one day a south wind sprang up 8  and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 9  28:14 There 10  we found 11  some brothers 12  and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 13  28:15 The brothers from there, 14  when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 15  and Three Taverns 16  to meet us. When he saw them, 17  Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 18  by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 19  Paul 20  called the local Jewish leaders 21  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 22  although I had done 23  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 24  from Jerusalem 25  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 26  28:18 When 27  they had heard my case, 28  they wanted to release me, 29  because there was no basis for a death sentence 30  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 31  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 32 not that I had some charge to bring 33  against my own people. 34  28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 35  28:21 They replied, 36 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 37  and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 38  that people 39  everywhere speak against 40  it.”

28:23 They set 41  a day to meet with him, 42  and they came to him where he was staying 43  in even greater numbers. 44  From morning until evening he explained things 45  to them, 46  testifying 47  about the kingdom of God 48  and trying to convince 49  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 50  by what he said, 51  but others refused 52  to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 53  unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 54  through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, 55  but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking, 56  but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 57 

and their ears are hard of hearing, 58 

and they have closed their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, 59  and I would heal them.”’ 60 

28:28Therefore be advised 61  that this salvation from God 62  has been sent to the Gentiles; 63  they 64  will listen!

28:29 [[EMPTY]] 65 

28:30 Paul 66  lived 67  there two whole years in his own rented quarters 68  and welcomed 69  all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 70  with complete boldness 71  and without restriction. 72 

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