Bible: Acts 28:17-24

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 1  Paul 2  called the local Jewish leaders 3  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 4  although I had done 5  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 6  from Jerusalem 7  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 8  28:18 When 9  they had heard my case, 10  they wanted to release me, 11  because there was no basis for a death sentence 12  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 13  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 14 not that I had some charge to bring 15  against my own people. 16  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.” 17  28:21 They replied, 18 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 19  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 20  that people 21  everywhere speak against 22  it.”

28:23 They set 23  a day to meet with him, 24  and they came to him where he was staying 25  in even greater numbers. 26  From morning until evening he explained things 27  to them, 28  testifying 29  about the kingdom of God 30  and trying to convince 31  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 32  by what he said, 33  but others refused 34  to believe.

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