After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island. It was an Alexandrian ship1 with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli.
There we found some brothers2 who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
The brothers3 there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged.
When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.4
Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.5 When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers,6 although I have done nothing against our people7 or against the customs of our ancestors,8 I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
They examined me9 and wanted to release me,10 because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.1119
But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar12--not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.
For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel13 that I am bound with this chain."1421
They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers15 who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.
But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."1623
They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God17 and tried to convince them about Jesus18 from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.1924
Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.2025
They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said21 through Isaiah the prophet:
" 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
For this people's heart has become calloused;22 they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'a2328
"Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation24 has been sent to the Gentiles,25 and they will listen!"b30
For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.