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Acts 28:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13 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. 14 There we found some brothers1 who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 The brothers2 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. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.3

Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard

17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.4 When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers,5 although I have done nothing against our people6 or against the customs of our ancestors,7 I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They examined me8 and wanted to release me,9 because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.10 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar11--not that I had any charge to bring against my own people. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel12 that I am bound with this chain."13 21 They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers14 who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."15
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