Bible: Acts 28:16-31

28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 1  by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 2  Paul 3  called the local Jewish leaders 4  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 5  although I had done 6  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 7  from Jerusalem 8  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 9  28:18 When 10  they had heard my case, 11  they wanted to release me, 12  because there was no basis for a death sentence 13  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 14  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 15 not that I had some charge to bring 16  against my own people. 17  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.” 18  28:21 They replied, 19 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 20  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 21  that people 22  everywhere speak against 23  it.”

28:23 They set 24  a day to meet with him, 25  and they came to him where he was staying 26  in even greater numbers. 27  From morning until evening he explained things 28  to them, 29  testifying 30  about the kingdom of God 31  and trying to convince 32  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 33  by what he said, 34  but others refused 35  to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 36  unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 37  through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, 38  but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking, 39  but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 40 

and their ears are hard of hearing, 41 

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, 42  and I would heal them.”’ 43 

28:28Therefore be advised 44  that this salvation from God 45  has been sent to the Gentiles; 46  they 47  will listen!

28:29 [[EMPTY]] 48 

28:30 Paul 49  lived 50  there two whole years in his own rented quarters 51  and welcomed 52  all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 53  with complete boldness 54  and without restriction. 55 

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