The brothers1 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.2
Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.3 When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers,4 although I have done nothing against our people5 or against the customs of our ancestors,6 I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
They examined me7 and wanted to release me,8 because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.919
But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar10--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 Israel11 that I am bound with this chain."1221
They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers13 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."1423
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 God15 and tried to convince them about Jesus16 from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.1724
Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.1825
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 said19 through Isaiah the prophet: