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 heart28:29 [[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